Chattahoochee River Summer Festival 2006 a Success!
Contact: Jessica Tustin, 678-538-1243
The staff of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area hosted over 3500 visitors at the Environmental Education Center August 26 and 27 for the 4th annual Summer Festival to celebrate the anniversary of the park, and the National Park Service’s 90th anniversary.
“The purpose of the festival is to introduce visitors to the National Park, which is in their backyard, so they are environmentally aware of the importance of protecting the Chattahoochee River,” Chief of Resource Education Nancy Poe said.
Beginning on Saturday at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. visitors came from all over Atlanta to enjoy live wildlife programs, educational exhibits, live music, guided tree climbing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, Native American demonstrations by Kris Kelly and Diamond Brown and the artistic work of blacksmith Michael Leggett.
The numbers this year nearly double the attendance rate from last year.
“We approached the marketing differently. About 55,000 fliers were delivered to the local schools, we had a ranger on a popular Atlanta morning show and there were several feature stories in local newspapers,” Poe said. “We really got the word out this year.”
Children also enjoyed storytelling, face painting, marshmallow roasting, and participated in an array of crafts and recreational activities. Visitors who completed one of the circuit hikes received a free festival T-shirt.
“The difference between our festival and other local festivals is that we have more hands on activities for children,” said Poe.
Next year the park hopes to put on an even larger event. Poe said the goal is to continue to grow and expose more people to their backyard National Park.