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WinterFest brings free frozen fun to Chestnut Ridge Park


Sat, Jan 23rd 2016 07:00 am

Free family event features fireplaces, food, winter fun

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, along with Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commissioner Daniel Rizzo, Erie County Legislature Chairman John Mills and members of the Orchard Park Department of Recreation and Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, announced the return of WinterFest to Chestnut Ridge.

The free, annual event takes place from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 24. It offers sledding and tobogganing (weather-permitting, but snow-needed), cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and other seasonal activities, along with marshmallow roasting, arts and crafts and hayrides. The Chestnut Ridge Park casino will be open, with warming fireplaces, and food available for sale.

"WinterFest provides great seasonal fun at the crown jewel of our Erie County parks system and is a good way for families and friends to enjoy free winter fun," Poloncarz said. "We know how to make the most of the cold weather and I encourage residents to come out and make some great memories this year.

"I want to thank Commissioner Rizzo, our parks staff and their partners for once again cooperating to make this wonderful event happen."

Rizzo noted, "Chestnut Ridge Park has been the site of extensive renovations, repairs and investments over the past few years, and visitors will be pleased with what they see when they come out to enjoy WinterFest. The park looks beautiful, and I would like to thank our partners for their assistance in showcasing it again this year."

Other activities at WinterFest include a snow sculpture contest (judging at 2 p.m.), and magic shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information on the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry, visit http://www2.erie.gov/parks/.

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