Christmas Memories at Adair Park
Holidays are often difficult for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, or for those who may have a loved one serving in the military. Christmas can be especially hard. The memories flood and the emptiness seems to swell. You might miss your loved one’s laughter, or the way he or she always brightened the festivities with the stories they used to tell. You might wonder if the young children in the family even remember your loved one. For the second year, the Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Department is offering a special way for families to honor their loved ones this holiday season. Beginning Friday, Dec. 6, five memorial trees will be placed in the Kenneth Adair Memorial Park. The community is invited to stop by and adorn the trees with ornaments in memory of loved ones who have passed or in honor of loved ones who are on active military duty. The trees will be on display until the first of the new year. “We understand how difficult this time of year can be for anyone who has lost a loved one,” said Ken Edwards, maintenance supervisor.
“Sometimes it is lonely when you have loved ones gone for one reason or the other, it’s just hard,” Edwards said. “We hope that these trees will provide a way for families to remember and to honor their loved ones, and will also bring some comfort to them. If this helps them find a little peace to get them through we are more than happy to help.” According to Edwards, the idea stemmed from a conversation with co-workers in the office last year. “We had someone who had a loved one stationed overseas and we just started talking about how we could help make sure they knew they were remembered during the holidays,” said Edwards. “And before we knew it we had over 100 ornaments from the community placed in the park and we would definitely like to see that number grow this year.” The community response has been overwhelmingly positive, said Edwards. “We have already started getting calls from folks asking if we are going to have the trees again this year. We want to make sure everyone has a chance to remember their loved ones.” The Hot Springs Parks and Recreation Department will
host “Christmas Memories,” a family friendly tree decorating event, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6 during the Gallery Walk in the park at 358 Central Ave. Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand, and Santa will make a special visit. Ornaments will be available for pickup after Jan. 2 at the Parks and Recreation office at 111 Opera St. For more information, call 501-321-6871.
Daniel Cantu of Missouri City, Texas, hangs an ornament on a Christmas tree at Adair Memorial Park on Dec. 7, 2012. Cantu wrote her father-in-law’s name, Manuel Cantu of Malvern.