phone: 763-571-3450 A r e p o r t t o the citizens of Fridley F r i d l e y C O M M U N I T Y WinterFest Draws Community to Many Fun Activities
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The Fridley Parks and Recreation Department, with a lot of help from sponsors, volunteers, and a large number of community partners, held their 2008 WinterFest on Saturday, January 26, between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Unlike last year’s event, the weather was mild by Minnesota standards. The combination of the mild weather and the wide array of fun, family activities drew more than 600 participants to Commons Park and the Fridley Community Center.
If your family attended WinterFest, you may have enjoyed a horse-drawn hayride, a dog sled ride, ice- skating, sledding, and a medallion hunt. Afterward or in between these activities you also had an opportunity to warm up around a huge bonfire.
There were also many indoor activities. These included face painting, a treat walk, an arts and crafts class, a chess marathon, a Community Education class sampler, a kids’ dance, carnival games, bingo, and a pizza concession. All of the indoor and the outdoor activities, except for the food concession were free.
As is the case with many City events, things happen through the support and cooperation of many community groups and individuals. We would first like to recognize the Fridley Lions Club, American Legion Post #303, and Fridley VFW Post #363 for their financial support. The event would not happen without their generosity.
We would also like to thank a long list of volunteers who helped with the staffing of the various indoor and outdoor events. The Boy Scouts (Troop #167) ran the bonfire and served hot chocolate and popcorn in the warming house. The Fridley High School Key Club ran the carnival games, did the face painting, and assisted with arts and crafts activities. Members of the National Honor Society helped with the dog sled rides and dressed up as costumed characters (a penguin, a snowman, and Val the Bear). The Fridley High School Diversity Club also helped with the dog sled rides and
the crafts. The Single Volunteers of the Twin Cities helped with various outdoor activities including sledding, ice-skating, the bonfire and inside the warming house. The Fridley Senior Program ran the bingo games and helped with the concessions.
There were also many community partners who supported WinterFest. The Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts provided volunteers and supplies for the arts and crafts room where kids made clay sculptures. The District #14 Alternative Learning Center (ALC) baked and sold cookies. The District #14 Community Education Program put on the “class sampler,” which included yoga, belly dancing, T’ai Chi Chih, and karate. District #14’s Early Childhood and Family Education program (ECFE) provided an ice fishing game for the carnival room. The District #14 Tiger Club provided the treat walk. The Fridley Fire Department was there with a fire engine, talked to participants, and stood ready to respond to injuries. The Parks Maintenance Division of the Fridley Public Works Department plowed paths for the hayride and dog sled ride, brought out hay bales and wood pallets for the bonfire, and prepared the skating rinks. The Fridley Police Department provided traffic control. Mojo’s Pizza (from Holly Center) ran the concession stand and provided free pizza for the volunteers, and the Spring Lake Park Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) program provided three students to administer first aid, if needed.
Congratulations are also in order to the Fridley Parks and Recreation Department for their great team effort in coordinating all of the players in this very worthwhile community event. ■
Mayor – Scott J. Lund Councilmember-at-Large – Robert L. Barnette Councilmember 1st Ward – James T. Saefke Councilmember 2nd Ward – Dolores M.Varichak Councilmember 3rd Ward – Ann R. Bolkcom City Manager – William W. Burns
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