Free family winter fun includes outdoor activities, magic shows, Glenn Colton concert
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Monday by Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Troy P. Schinzel along with parks’ staff, Ed Leake and members of the Town of Orchard Park Town Recreation Department, and event sponsors to announce WinterFest 2020 will be held at Chestnut Ridge Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19. If weather permits, the free event will feature sledding, skiing, snowboarding and a snow sculpting contest along with other seasonal outdoor activities.
“We are hoping that Mother Nature will cooperate and provide an appropriate winter setting with some snow for WinterFest, but even if she does not there will still be plenty of fun to be had at Chestnut Ridge Park,” Poloncarz said. “Live music, magic shows, arts and crafts and a great atmosphere inside the casino will all add to the fun and we encourage families to come out and make some great memories.”
A full slate of other activities are scheduled, including a Glenn Colton concert from 1-2 p.m., magic shows at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., hay rides from noon to 3 p.m., marshmallow roasting, Erie County Parks Forestry demonstrations, and more throughout the event. The casino will be open with warming fireplaces and concessions will be available from Grateful Grind, located inside the casino.
“WinterFest is a good example of one of the many successful partnerships the Erie County Parks Department has fostered and that help to make free programs such as this possible,” Schinzel said. “It is also a great opportunity to showcase this historic park and the many improvements that have been completed here, including the installation of the new tow rope to bring downhill skiing back to Chestnut. We are hoping for snow so that people coming to WinterFest will be able to fully enjoy winter activities here.”
For more information on the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, visit http://www2.erie.gov/parks/.