Let’s take a Christmas Walk through Eckhart Park…
Wow, this isn’t some small walk with just a few lights! How do they make it happen every year?
The Auburn Parks & Recreation Department has been doing a Christmas Walk for 23 years. The walk has grown from just two nights usually the first weekend in December to now two weekends in December on Friday Saturday and Sunday.
The Parks & Recreation Department have 4 employees and they do all of the setup and decorating. It takes about 2 weeks to do the actual setup and an additional week or so making props and scenery. They all do some research in finding scenes that they would like to re-create.
The pavilion in Eckhart Park was once used for face painting, Christmas crafts and a visit with Santa. In 2012, the pavilion became more of a winter wonderland, featuring Mrs. Claus and of course Santa. The pavilion is the perfect area to take some great family Christmas photos. There is hot chocolate to warm up from the walk, and there is a Food Drive for local organization RSVP’s Food Pantry.
The walking path through Eckhart Park is lined on both sides with the outdoor scenes, lighted arches and trees, a complete gingerbread village and of course Christmas music. The path is approximately 1/3 of a mile, and is handicap accessible.
Brenda Daley, an employee of the Auburn Parks & Recreation Department shared some of her favorite experiences of the Walk, ” actually hearing someone gasp at the sight of our work, children looking in complete amazement at all the decorations. “ Brenda shared, “This year my all-time favorite was a little boy about 3 years old came in and walked right up to one of the stuffed elves and said, ‘HI,’ then turned to his mom and said, ‘he won’t talk to me.”
Click to view more photos (taken by Kevin McCarthy)
Be sure to plan on checking out the Christmas Walk 2014 and make it a tradition if you haven’t already.