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Goodwin Park Fall Foliage Celebration

by J. Rossetti-Ford

Yellow, orange, and red leaves decorated the grounds of Goodwin Park on Sunday, October 18, as the Friends of Goodwin Park held their 7th annual Fall Foliage Festival and Flea Market. An estimated 8,000 attended the event. Hay rides, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, face painting and a variety of fine foods and homemade deserts were featured.

Mayor Mike Peters issued a citation on behalf of the City of Hartford declaring October 18, 1998 "Friends of Goodwin Park Day" in Hartford.

"People certainly do care about Goodwin Park. People of all ages came and enjoyed the day's festivities. We had perfect weather and folks just stayed for hours and took advantage of the events.

Members of the Friends of Goodwin Park worked very hard to put this annual celebration together. Our membership really cares about Goodwin Park because we all live within walking distance of this beautiful South End park. We have been together for nine years. Our members are like an extended neighborhood family. We are always looking for new faces. So, anyone interested in joining our organization please feel free to contact me or anyone involved with the organization," said President of FOGP Ted Sposito.

Among the number of individuals and organizations which donated time and goods to the event were Boy Scout Troop 105, Hartford Police Community Officer Daniel Laffin and former Community Officer Douglas Frederick, Project Green, the Hartford National Guard, the Hartford Fire Department, Community Partners in Action, Carmichael's Restaurant, Dunkin' Donuts, Hummels Brothers, Old Country Buffet, Better Brands and Latouraine Coffee. For further information on membership for the Friends of Goodwin Park call 956-5390.

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