The Woodward News

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May 24, 2013

Busy holiday at Crystal Beach Park

Woodward, Okla. — Local and area families are invited to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Crystal Beach Park.

There will plenty to see and do at the park, including a Northwest Oklahoma Junior Rodeo contest at the Roundup Club Arena, the Woodward Travelers Minors Festival at Fuller Park, and the 2nd annual Woodward Car Show along Temple Houston Drive.

As if that wasn't enough, the Crystal Beach Waterpark and Kiwanis Train will start their summer seasons this weekend.

TRAIN RIDES

The Kiwanis Train will start offering rides tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The train will also be running on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

David Hughes, train chairman for the Woodward Kiwanis Club, said the Monday rides are a one time offer because of the Memorial Day holiday.

After that, Hughes said the train will continue to offer rides every weekend throughout the summer on Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

There is a small fee charged to ride the train, which go toward supporting the charitable efforts of the Woodward Kiwanis chapter.

Hughes said the club offers the train rides because "it is not only an opportunity to raise money for good deeds in Woodward, but also an opportunity for families to bond and kids to have a great time."

The Kiwanis train has become a tradition for Woodward.

"It was dedicated and opened in 1956, so we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2006," Hughes said.

However, he said the train was then put out of commission for a while after construction began on the Crystal Beach Master Plan project in 2007.  But once the new train depot was built last year, the train made a triumphant comeback during the 2012 Crystal Christmas program.

Now the Kiwanis members "are excited about offering rides in the summer again," Hughes said.

"It's very much a community service as generations of children have ridden the train.  It's just been a tradition and people come back to bring their kids and grandkids to ride the train," he said.

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