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November 20, 2008

We Care Park opens 14th season

With just days before the lights go on, Mike and Nancy Wyant are wrapping up the final details for the 14th season of We Care Park.

“There are just some minor things to do,” the park founder and owner said.

Beginning Thanksgiving night, the Wyants will welcome the public to an even bigger We Care Park to view the decorations that they and numerous volunteers have been preparing since the last week of August.

The park runs along the west side of the 2300 block of North Market Street and may be entered off of Gano Street to the north. With the consent and help of his neighbors on his block, there are also decorations along the east side of the street.

“Most of the stuff you’ll see is new from last year,” he said. “I added nine truckloads of stuff that I bought at after-Christmas sales and every bit of it is out there.”

We Care founders Dick Bronson and Charlie Cropper will be around for the activities. Set up in a display in the garage of his next-door neighbor, Edwina McBee, are mannequins of the duo sitting in a 100-year-old sleigh with snow, trees and toys.

The other half of the garage will be a memorial to servicemen who have lost their lives.

In the park’s shelter is a winter scene painted by an Indianapolis artist and a sleigh which families can use for pictures. The ferris wheel will be set up in the new section of the park.

While driving south along Market Street will help you stay warm and see the lights, Wyant says you won’t get the full effect.

“You need to walk through or you’re going to miss so much,” he said. “You can see what it really takes to do and the effort the volunteers put in to do this.”

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