By News-Register staff • 

Walk in the Park ends its run

Local wine, art, music and food were showcased at the weekend festival, which took place in August from 2004 to 2013. Over the years, it drew thousands of visitors and distributed more than $250,000 dollars to worthy organizations in Carlton and Yamhill.

“Carlton’s Walk In the Park has done so much for Carlton and Yamhill,” said founder Ken Wright, owner of Ken Wright Cellars. “I think we can all be proud of the mark Carlton’s Walk In The Park has left on the community, local businesses and attendees.”

More than 250 volunteers planned, ran and cleaned up after the festival each year. It enjoyed support from local businesses and individuals, and won a $20,000 grant last year from the Oregon Community Foundation.

The grant will be combined with a $75,000 Oregon Parks and Recreation grant landed by the city of Carlton to fund a new, handicapped-accessible multi-use structure in Wennerberg Park. The 1,000- to 1,500-square foot facility will feature built-in grills and electrical outlets, as well as a raised area serving as a stage for musical acts.

Wright and other community leaders have been discussing possible events to replace Walk in the Park as a community fundraiser. “This is just the beginning of new things to come from our Great Little Town,” he said.

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