Downtown's biggest park will become a playing field for the best childhood games every Thursday, thanks to a summer-long initiative organized by Wonderland.

Downtown's biggest park will become a playing field for the best childhood games every Thursday, thanks to a summer-long initiative organized by Wonderland.

Atop the lush new lawn of Columbus Commons, Trophy Thursdays will offer weekly bracketed tournaments in four square, tetherball, Wiffle ball and other sports from your whimsical, squandered youth.

Players don't need to commit to an entire season or find a team, said Josh Quinn, a partner at Wonderland who's helping organize the event series. They just show up, have fun and hang out afterward.

"Basically, it's recess for adults," he said. "We're hoping you get out of your office, come down to the commons and spend your evening in Downtown Columbus."

The season gets into full swing with a two-inning Wiffle ball tourney at 5 p.m. May 26, the park's opening day. Weekly games will normally run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Events are free. Players will be encouraged to purchase T-shirts that will land wearers special deals at nearby chill spots like Dirty Frank's and Little Palace, Quinn said.

"I've been throwing around the analogy of Wonderland being a school without a home field right now," he explained. "It's giving adults a reason to go play in a park."

And an actual trophy is up for grabs.

Each week, the name of the winning player or the triumphant team's MVP will be engraved on a trophy. Entrants into this hall of fame will compete to take home the hardware during the season's final week.

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