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
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
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.