On October 17-20, 2013, the trails in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum will be lined with hundreds of lighted jack-o-lanterns for Parks and Recreation’s 5th Annual Pumpkin Trail! To make this happen, we need the people of Lubbock to donate their carved pumpkins to the Pumpkin Trail. The more carved pumpkins we get from the community, the longer the trail. Last year, we received 1,578 pumpkins and had over 20,000 people visit the trail! Our goal this year is 2,000 pumpkins! To date, we have 330 pumpkins committed from the public and for displays! Watch the pumpkin count grow at www.playlubbock.com or on our Facebook page at Lubbock Parks and Recreation.
Groups bringing 10 or more pumpkins will have a sign posted on the trail with their name or logo on it. Pumpkin carvings must be family-friendly and appropriate for even the youngest child. We are asking all participants to carve their pumpkins no earlier than Monday, October 14, so that they stay fresh throughout the four-day event. Whether you plan to carve one pumpkin or a dozen, call Hodges Community Center at 767-3706, and let us know how many pumpkins you are bringing as we build towards our goal! In addition to pumpkins, we are also signing up volunteer groups to help each night as candle lighters, trail guides and counters.
Deliver carved pumpkins to the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum on Wednesday, October 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is located at 4111 University and the delivery site is in the east corner of the parking lot. Look for the “DELIVER PUMPKINS HERE” signs!
2013 PUMPKIN TRAIL EVENT INFORMATION
It’s just three weeks away! Parks and Recreation will again host the 5th Annual Pumpkin Trail from October 17-20, 2013 in the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum in Clapp Park. In addition to the carved jack-o-lanterns along the trail, there will be 25 to 30 displays hosted by local businesses and civic groups that will lead participants around the trail. This is a free event and the Arboretum walking trail is both stroller and wheelchair friendly. Trail entrances are at the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum at 4111 University and the Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center at 4215 University. Limited parking is available behind Hodges Community Center and at the Garden and Arts Center. Park and Ride will be available from Safety City located on the east side of Clapp Park at 46th Street and Avenue U.
Pumpkin lighting begins at 5:30 p.m. each night. Evening hours are 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday and 6:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Daylight hours are from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday-Sunday, October 18-20.
The Pumpkin Trail is hosted by Parks and Recreation, the Lubbock Memorial Arboretum and the Lubbock Municipal Garden and Arts Center. Many thanks to our sponsors: Lubbock Family Medicine, Betenbough Homes, United Supermarkets, Lubbock for Kids, Carlisle Motors, Lubbock Home and Family Magazine, Latino Lubbock Magazine, Bakers Office Products and Self-Storage of Lubbock.