Opening Celebration and Dedication of Kelsey-Hutchinson Park!

 30 May
 Kelsey-Hutchinson Park!
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 Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
On Saturday, May 30th you are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication of Kelsey-Hutchinson Park! Anticipation and excitement have been growing about this community greenspace on 5th and Pine Streets in downtown Highlands, a community space for all to enjoy for years to come. You don’t want to miss this free inaugural celebration. Family friendly programming will begin at 11 AM and run throughout the day. Enjoy live music, theatrical performance and more. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the shows. Cheer on contestants at the 5k finish line, pick up some locally grown produce at the Farmers Market or adopt the newest member of your family at the Humane Society’s Stop & Adopt. Be sure to join us for lunch at the Park. Please bring a dish to share and have a seat at the community table- a communal family style dining experience. This will be the first event of its kind in Highlands. For nearly ten years, Highlanders have had a dream to create a true village park, a place where the community can come together to celebrate their heritage, share music, ring in the holidays and find respite and relaxation from the bustle of our busy lives. That dream is becoming a reality thanks to so many in our community including Founders Park Coalition, Pine Street Park Committee, Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the many donors and friends who have stepped up to the plate and taken part in this effort. Thanks to the incredible generosity of those in our community, the original park concept has been expanded to include an adjoining property that doubles the size of the initial design. More support is needed to complete the expansion. If you would like to learn how you can donate or be involved, please contact Founders Park Coalition chair, Nick Bazan at 828-371-2653 or For information and to sign up for the 5k “Run for the Park” contact Skip Taylor at 828-200-9259 or In the event of rain or construction delays, the event will be moved to the following Saturday, June 6th.

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