City of Altus’ “Christmas in the Park ” is ready for smiling faces, the unveiling of the newly renovated gazebo, and Santa Claus.
Parks and Recreation Director Dennis Murphy said, “The 2015 park lights will be turned on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. by Altus Mayor Jack Smiley.” He also added that families will also be able to enjoy the concession stand, entertainment and photos with Santa. The funds collected from the Santa photos will be donated to the Shriner Foundation.
The Christmas in the Park train ride is ready for passengers again this year. Rides around the park are available on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. free of charge, but donations will be accepted.
Santa Claus, the elves and attendees will enjoy the newly renovated Park Gazebo thanks to the Aldonian Club. The gazebo in the park was originally built in 1989, paid for, built and donated as a gift from the Altus Aldonian Club to honor their 40th club anniversary. Club member Candice Willingham said, “This year the club noticed the gazebo needed some tender loving care, and voted to invest over $10,000 to make it one of our bigger community projects.” The group used 20-year warranty sustainable materials for railing and roofing and other parts of the renovations. Our local economy was helped by the group hiring local businesses, R & B Electric, Richard Laney Painting, Lopez Construction and Locke Supply for services.
Freddy Perez, City of Altus Parks, Cemetery and Golf Supervisor, said, “Around mid-September the City Parks and Recreation Department, along with the ODOC workers, started assembling lights, displays, and 1,300 lit candy canes. Manpower included 20+ workers, working eight hours a day, Monday through Friday to accomplish the project started over 25 years ago.”
The Christmas in the Park lights and decorations will be illuminated Saturday, Nov. 21 through Christmas Eve. During this time there will be train rides, a concession stand, special entertainment, an upcoming military appreciation night (to be announced), and photos with Santa.
“Bringing the community together, visiting Santa Claus and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces is what Christmas in the Park is all about,” said Murphy.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077