Parks and Rec Report: Pumpkins on Parade an ‘Outrageously-Well Attended’ Event
Parks and Rec Committee receives a glowing attendance report of this year’s Pumpkins on Parade event.
Pat Stasio, director of the Parks and Recreation Depart, was pleased to provide the Nov 28 Parks and Recreation Committee his report on the 2011 Pumpkins on Parade event.
“It is an outrageously well-attended event,” Stasio told the committee. “We are thrilled that folks come out.”
The Pumpkins on Parade event has been a 22-year tradition of the township. According to Stasio, this year’s event drew 600 families, which totals to over 18,000 people.
According to a previous Patch article on the event, parking at Masons Mill Park, where the event is held, was filled by the event’s start at 6:30 p.m. Event participants had to use the parking lot across the street from the park.
The event, featured a hayride, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, a moon bounce and other family-friendly attractions.
Stasio lightly commented that this year’s hayride added another tractor, but would hesitate to add more, as it might turn in to a “train ride.”
“It’s a wonderful event that you could spend two-three hours with your family,” Stasio said. “I would encourage everyone to attend next year.”
Stasio listed the many organizations and individuals that make the evening possible, including the Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers with its advisory council.
“It is always a really good turnout,” Kevin Spearing, Ward 2 commissioner and Parks and Recreation Committee chair said. “It’s one of the premiere events of the Parks and Rec Committee.”