On a very chilly evening the Floral Park Recreation staff welcomed over 50 children and parents to the Annual Recreation Christmas Tree Lighting. Prior to the traditional lighting ceremony, children enjoyed skating on the hockey rink while parents and friends enjoyed holiday music, hot chocolate and cookies. The path leading to the tree and hockey rink were adorned with Christmas characters from the Grinch, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Trustee Dominick Longobardi wished all a joyous and happy holiday season. Also on hand for the traditional celebration were Village Administrator Gerry Bambrick and Recreation Committee member Al Cappelli. Trustee Longobardi invited all youngsters on hand to assist with the lighting of the Christmas tree.
After lighting the tree, children were visited by Santa and two of his elves. Elf Helen Botka and Elf Jasmine Abel assisted Santa in handing out candy canes and prizes to the happy boys and girls on the chilly Friday night. Santa and his elves were delighted to pose for pictures with all of the children. Before Santa left he grabbed some cookies and hot chocolate and exclaimed “I’ll be back on Christmas Eve.”
Superintendent Kurt Meyfohrt and Assistant Tom Dillon would like to thank all their employees for another great year, and wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year. The Recreation Center will be open on New Year’s Eve from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the playground to be closed on New Year’s Day.