Let­ters to the ed­i­tor

The Covington News - - OPINION - Jean Austin, Chair Friends of New­ton Parks

Items taken from Chim­ney Park

Dear Ed­i­tor: Last Sun­day, Friends of New­ton Parks wel­comed some 1,300 guests and per­form­ers to our an­nual “Twi­lights at Chim­ney Park” fes­ti­val of lights. It was bet­ter than ever, and the growth in at­ten­dance each year proves that Chim­ney Park and “Twi­lights” have be­come a must-see dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

The lights in Chim­ney Park will be on ev­ery Thurs­day night in De­cem­ber from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and we hope you’ll visit of­ten to en­joy the magic cre­ated by so many tal­ented vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers.

Re­gret­tably, some light­ing dis­plays will not be vis­i­ble be­cause thieves have stripped some key and ex­pen­sive ex­ten­sion cords out of the park.

A lighted bi­cy­cle mounted on a post has been knocked off its po­si­tion.

Chim­ney Park is a pub­lic park, un­der the aus­pices of the New­ton County Parks and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion, and it is open to en­joy 365 days a year. Re­gret­tably, the lov­ing care with which the park is tended goes un­ap­pre­ci­ated by van­dals bent on de­stroy­ing plea­sure that can be shared with the en­tire com­mu­nity.

On the first Satur­day in May, Chim­ney Park will host its an­nual “Fairy House Fes­ti­val” when chil­dren and adults will dec­o­rate the park with imag­i­na­tive fairy houses and haunts made out of all nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als. We hope you’ll plan to at­tend.

Thanks to the news­pa­per for its pub­lic­ity and to ev­ery­one who makes the com­mu­nity fes­ti­vals at Chim­ney Park such a success.

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