Hamlet Officials Looking to Bring More Activities to Town Park

The Hamlet Park Board tossed around some ideas for future park activities during last week’s meeting. A proposal to add some sort of summer camp was brought up. The Starke County Fairgrounds would be available during the month of June. Camp activities could also be held in the Town Park.

Members agreed it would be worth looking into for next year, with Brian Earnest pointing out that similar events used to be held in the past. “I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “I mean, there’s not much [going on]. Summers are shorter than they used to be now with school, anyway.”

Town council member Connie Bailey also had another suggestion that would let Hamlet kids express their creativity. “We could do something in the park, too, like a big chalkboard or something, and have kids draw on it. . . . Hold like a contest or something.” she proposed.

“They wouldn’t draw nice things,” cautioned Clerk-Treasurer Kristina Pitts.

“We’d have to erase it each night,” Earnest added.

Park board members also suggested contacting the Starke County Movies in the Park organizers about bringing the event back to Hamlet. Earnest felt it has the potential to attract a sizable turnout. “The way it was set up last year, there’s room for 100 people there easy,” he said. “It’s free, so there’s no reason you couldn’t get a lot of people there, if we advertised it.”

Meanwhile, the organizers of the annual Haunted Fairgrounds reported that they’ve been holding fundraisers for this year’s event, which in turn, raises money for the town’s park department and other community organizations. This year’s Haunted Fairgrounds will be held on the last three Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in October.