Mahr Park Welcomes Fall Season With Fun Activities | Local News

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Spending time in nature is good for the soul, and no park in the area has more to offer than Mahr Park Arboretum.

As fall approaches, the park is gearing up to celebrate the season with Harvest Fest on Fridays and Saturdays, along with other park amenities like hiking trails, kayak rentals, bike rentals, and hiking. rental of newly added pedal boats.

Park Superintendent Ashton Robinson said it was important to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, take a walk or relax with some quiet time.

“I encourage the community to take advantage of Mahr Park Arboretum during these difficult times,” she said. “The general well-being of the physical and mental health of our community is vital. “

Harvest Fest is a free outdoor event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, she said.

“Friday kicks off the event and is geared towards adults,” said Robinson. “We will be performing live with the bluegrass band Kings Highway. “

Saturday will be a community-wide event with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Mobile Science Center, a grain bin simulator, a cow milking demonstration and vintage tractors on display, as well as retail vendors. , crafts, food and activities that will be installed at the parking lot.

Independence Bank will have a corn maze at Autumn Acre in the community garden, and FFA students at Madisonville North Hopkins High School will have set up a corn pit and hay maze. Robinson said educational speakers are expected to speak throughout the day on Saturday.

She said safety is the park’s top priority, so the stands will be spaced out to ensure good social distancing. While masks are not mandatory, they are recommended along with social distancing and the use of hand sanitizer.

“Safety is our priority. We have designated 24 hour staff cleaning areas,” said Robinson.

In conjunction with Harvest Fest, a hay bale trail is being set up inside the park, which the community will be able to interact with throughout October.

“We have community organizations and individuals decorating hay bales in the main driveway of the park,” said Robinson.

The community can see and vote for their favorite decorated hay bale throughout the month, she said. If someone doesn’t feel comfortable leaving their vehicle, the Hay Bale Trail and vintage tractors can be seen from the comfort of their car.

Even after Harvest Fest and the Hay Bale Trail are over, the park will still offer bike and kayak rentals, and recently pedal boat rentals, as well as educational guided hikes. Robinson said guests can enjoy the changing foliage along the shores of Pee Wee Lake.

To provide more activities and space for the community, the park is being built on the Nature Playground and Event Barn B.

Robinson said the playing area is part of the first phase and is almost complete. All that remains is to install the sod and padding.

“We had some delays, but hope to have crews on the field next week,” she said.

With the sod and padding installed, the Hopkins County Central High School Agriculture Department will help install approximately 289 native plants. She said the high school took care of the plants until they could be installed.

Robinson said the finishing touches would include turf and a split-rail cedar fence. She hopes the area will open during the fall season for the community to enjoy.

“The nature playground is so unique to Madisonville and regionally,” said Robinson. “We hope this will encourage children to learn through play and to integrate many sensory aspects. “

Regarding the event barn, she said the renovation is underway and teams have 60 days to complete it. The barn will be another gathering space within the Arboretum.

When the event barn is not booked, it will be open to the public to enjoy, she said. It will add toilets halfway through the park for public use.

“The barn has a large covered porch and patio,” said Robinson. “The views are breathtaking. We encourage the community to take advantage of this facility as it can be used in many ways.

Mahr Park Arboretum Visitor Center hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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