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You Ask, Patch Answers: Lions Club Carnival and Hastings Park

Who foots the bill for post-carnival cleanup at Hastings Park? Will the park become the annual Fourth of July carnival’s new home? You ask, Patch answers.

Over the past few days, a few followers of Lexington Patch have asked about post-carnival cleanup at and whether the carnival will continue to call Hastings home moving forward.

The Short Answers:

  1. The Lexington Lions Club's on the hook to cover the costs of any post-carnival repairs and rehab for Hastings Park
  2.  It’s too early to tell if the carnival’s heading back to Hastings, but it’s unlikely that it will return to the

A Little Bit Longer Now

Due to ongoing , the this year from is previous location by the Center Fields across Worthen Road.

The configuration and size of the carnival were altered slightly, but, for the most part, the arrangements were the same. Which means the Lions Club, as has been the case in the past, is financially responsible for any repairs and/or rehab for the grounds occupied by the carnival. (Yes, like those large sprinklers dousing the dried areas a few days ago.)

The move across Worthen Road to Hastings Park has been met with mostly positive response, according to Lexington Lions Club President Stacy Sheehan.

It’s unclear right now if the annual carnival will make Hastings Park a more permanent home. What’s more clear is that the Lions Club won’t be going back to the Center Fields. 

“They have invested so much into the fields and we want to respect that investment,” said Sheehan, “So as a club we have agreed that we won’t risk damaging the ground.”

Within the next few weeks, the Lions Club will meet with town representatives to for a carnival recap, Sheehan said.

Do you have a question about Lexington life that you want answered? Submit it to Lexington Patch and we’ll do our best to get you an answer. Email me at Patric.Ball@patch.com, tweet me at @LexingtonPatch or ask on Facebook.

Robin Einzig July 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM
I have long wondered why the carnival does not move to a paved area, as it does in other communities, so that this sort of destruction and cleanup are not necessary?
Janellen27 July 19, 2012 at 08:12 PM
The 4th of July Carnival has been at the field for many, many decades--at least 60 years, and probably a lot more than that. Not sure, but guessing that there never was a large enough paved area for the Carnival.

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