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Fall Frolic Attracts New Residents in New Hanover
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent
2014-09-17

Children attending the New Hanover Township Fall Festival on Sunday sit around a grill roasting marshmallows at the Hetrick Gardens display. 

        Bethany Buscher said Sunday's Fall Frolic event ended up being bigger and better than she expected. 

        According to Buscher, a new resident, the township officials and event organizers she met were extremely friendly.  "Each of the activities, based on the age requirement of each, were spaced out perfectly," she said.

        Hickory Park hosted the annual event, which included 20 vendors and amusements like a rock wall, a mobile zip line, Swinger, hayride, pumpkin decorating and a moon bounce, as well as numerous volunteers, according to Connie Garner, the township's recreation director.

        Supervisor Philip Agliano says the festival allows the municipality to maintain a high standard of living for its residents.  He called the event an opportunity for the township's new residents to meet and learn about the community.

        Agliano called New Hanover "one of the fastest growing townships in the country." He said the municipality's population increased by 50 percent between 2000 and 2010.  This year, 120 new homes will be built in the township, according to the supervisor. He said a similar amount is expected in 2015.

        "We've gotten a huge influx of new people," said Agliano, who also serves as chief of the New Hanover Township Fire Company. "Most of those are young families with children."

        Buscher, who attended with her 5-year-old son Aiden, said she has met neighbors from her Falcon Crest development as well as residents from other portions of the township.  "This is a lot of fun," Buscher said.

        Township police estimated that between 1,200 and 1,500 people attend the event at the park, located near the intersection of Routes 663 and 73.

        Garner said she suspects that the rescheduling, caused by steady rain Saturday, may have led to a reduced attendance.

        However, Agliano offered few complaints Sunday afternoon.  "This is great," he said.

        No taxpayer funds were spent on the festival, according to Garner. She said a group of sponsors covered the $5,500 cost.

        Some of the money raised by the event will go towards fixing some tiles at the pool at the park, which is owned by the township, according to Garner.  She said the money could also be used next year to purchase a swing set for a park at the Windelstrae Complex.

        Municipal officials would embrace the continued growth of the fall festival, according to Agliano.  "There's no such thing as too big," he said. "We'll do whatever we have to in order to accommodate bigger crowds."


 

 

 

 

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