( release ) Erie County Executive Chris Collins, Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung and representatives from Orchard Park gathered in Chestnut Ridge Park to announce the return of Winter Fest this coming weekend. Winter Fest will be held on Sunday, January 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the area near the Casino in Chestnut Ridge.
Winter Fest activities include sledding, snow-shoe hikes, snowboarding, snow sculpturing, tobogganing, marshmallow roasting, hayrides and much more. This year, participants will be able to rent toboggans from a vendor. The rentals cost $25 for two hours, $35 for four hours or $55 for all day tobogganing.
Erie County Executive Chris Collins said, “Winter Fest is a perfect opportunity to highlight one of our most beautiful parks during the busy winter season. It is a great time for families to come and experience our various winter activities. We believe keeping up our parks is a quality of life issue and we are pleased to offer winter fun in all of our County parks at no charge.”
“I hope many families and residents can attend Winterfest on Sunday. It is going to be a great event and remember to dress warmly,” Minority Leader John Mills said.
Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung said, “Western New York winters are wonderful if you enjoy outdoor sports like cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing. I am especially grateful to Orchard Park Recreation Director Ed Leak and his department for working with us to make this happen. We hope we will see a number of families enjoying some of our most fun winter activities with us this Sunday.”
Orchard Park Councilman David Kaczor said, “The Town of Orchard Park is happy to participate in and help sponsor this outstanding seasonal event. While Chestnut Ridge Park is a regional asset, we are proud it is located within our community. We welcome everyone from across Erie County into our home and can guarantee a fun time for one and all."
Most Erie County Parks offer free winter activities on a daily basis throughout the season. More information is available at www. erie.gov/parks or by calling 716-858-8513. Winter Fest was made possible with generous donations from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Southtowns Radiology, the Erie-Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition, Wegmans, West Herr Auto Group and the Canisius College Physical Education Department.