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Chimney Park scores big
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Chimney Park has received its largest single donation, $2,556, thanks to sponsors of the inaugural Deck the Halls silent auction.

Organizers of the event held recently at The Event Space on Monticello Street included Lisa Conner, Dawn and Marshall Atha, Saba Tanner, Sandie Stephens and Pam Bunn, all of First Baptist Church.

"We were all firmly committed to making this event a success, and it took a lot of teamwork," said Conner. "The community responded very warmly to the concept, and we are so very proud to be able to make a donation of this size to such a worthy project."

Chimney Park is being developed with private funds and grants behind the Newton County Public Library on Floyd Street. It promises to be a place where children and adults will be able to enjoy re-connecting with nature in a protected urban woodland.

"We were particularly moved by the need for there to be a place where special needs children and adults get to experience the out-of-doors that we take for granted," Conner added.

Friends of Newton Parks Board Chair Barbara Morgan commended the work of the Deck the Halls organizers. "In their first year, they’ve really pulled off something successful and have laid a foundation for an event that will grow in size and greater success every year," she said.