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Melrose Park Commission Meeting
Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 9, 2013, at 7:00 pm at the Mount Hood Clubhouse.
Mt. Hood Park Association Sponsors Home for the Holiday Event– Children’s Holiday Party at Mount Hood – Sunday, Dec. 8th
As part of the Home for the Holidays Celebration in Melrose, the Mt. Hood Park Association invites the public to attend their annual and festive “Children’s Holiday Party” at the Mount Hood Clubhouse, 100 Slayton Road, Melrose on Sunday, December 8nd from 1:00 - 3:00pm.
Please join us for this popular and festive event which includes live musical entertainment, a visit by Santa Claus, and children sing-alongs! Refreshments will be served. This year we have invited back the Balloon Magic of Yarrow, who will entertain children with his amazing balloon magic twisting them into various shapes and given to children in attendance. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Myron Dittmer at (781) 665-8172.
Mt. Hood Park Association Sponsors its First Senior Day at Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course!
The first senior-only event was recently held at Mount Hood in the clubhouse with over 20 seniors attending the event. This event was four months in the making by the Association and was the result of senior surveys conducted at a number of senior housing facilities to determine their level of interest in visiting Mount Hood Memorial Park & Golf Course. Based on the overwhelming interest of seniors recorded in these surveys, the Mt. Hood Park Association, with the support of Melrose’s Park Commission and Park Department, held the event on Tuesday, October 29th.
The festivities began with a lecture by local amateur birder and a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Fells organization, Dana Jewell. Dana provided attendees with recommendations on clothing and equipment needed when hiking and birding at Mount Hood. He also discussed the many different varieties of birds that frequent Mount Hood and spoke about their habits, activities, and migrations during each month of the year. Dana’s wife, Inge, also spoke about how they have been able to document the presence of over 146 species of birds at Mount Hood over the past 20 years!
After the lecture a lunch was served after which Myron Dittmer, president of the Association provided a slide presentation on the history and development of the park and golf course beginning in the 1930’s as well as winter and summer activities held at the park over the years. He also discussed the many different types of animals and plants commonly found at Mount Hood.
Following this presentation, attendees drove up to Slayton Tower, the highest point in the park, to view the foliage and experience the panoramic view of the area including the mountains of New Hampshire, Revere Beach, and the Boston skyline. Based on the success this event, it is expected that additional events will be scheduled next year.
The Association would like to thank the following organizations which provided assistance in making this event so successful - Council on Aging, Melrose Park Commission, Melrose Park Department, Melrose Recreation Department and the Golf Management Company. Also special thanks go out to the following companies who provided refreshments for the event - Sysco Foods, US Foods, and Honey Dew Donuts of Melrose.
Our founder, Ralph Sarni, past away on August 28th, in his 95th year of life. Ralph and his family have been residents of Melrose for over 60 years. Ralph has been an American patriot, a philanthropist, and a citizen activist, whose personal efforts have saved Mount Hood from further commercial development twice over the past 40 years. We have Ralph to thank for his vision in keeping the "Green Jewel" of Melrose available for all to enjoy for generations to come.
The Association, and Melrose citizens, as well as all residents and users of Mount Hood, wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Sarni family.
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