Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Skiddy Park Tree Lighting
Bringing light to a dark place! This evening it was amazing to see swarms of kids braving cold blustery winds to decorate and light the Christmas tree in Skiddy Park, a park known more for the crimes committed there than community celebrations.
It was great to see so many investing in this truly community event: my old friends from Sunnycrest Park Association organized the event, Syracuse Parks and Rec powered the lights, carolers came from St. Lucy's church, hot cocoa and dounuts from the Red Cross, the S.A.L.T. District artists donating two Christmas trees complete with lights and decorations for two families in the community, and then myself from Baltimore Woods Nature Center bringing wildlife friendly tree decorations.
Vincent House and P.E.A.C.E. Inc. brought tons of kids, some of whom recognized me from the visits I make to their classrooms with the nature center's "Nature in the City" program. They freely shared stories of how they remember exploring nature with me. It was great to see hope coming to these kids and into the communities of Syracuse!