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Pinetop - Lakeside Talk of the Town

Dec 29, 2022

Mayor Stephanie Irwin and Annie DeRosier Tourism Marketing Coordinator discuss - Community Engagement - Community Events

Community Engagement – This fall, the Town launched a community survey to measure resident sentiment and to solicit input on establishing priorities for future projects. More than 1,000 responses were received, and Town staff is working to analyze the data. In the spring of 2023, our plan is to conduct a series of public meetings to present the results and to gather additional community feedback.

Community Events – Once again, the Town hosted several special community events that have continued to grow increasingly popular with residents and visitors alike. Last spring, hundreds of children and children at heart gathered at Jack Barker Memorial Park for the Town Easter Celebration, complete with live music, games, picture with the Easter Bunny and thousands of eggs for the kids. In June, we staged the 5th annual White Mountains Balloon Festival, which drew more than 9,000 people to watch 18 balloons fly over our town. September saw the return on the Fall Festival Parade with hundreds of spectators lining White Mountain Boulevard to view the spectacular entries. In October, more than 100 people braved cold, rainy, windy conditions for our second annual Color Run at Woodland Lake Park. The smiles on the faces of participants helped warm the experience. October also welcomed Trunk or Treat, where local businesses and organizations distributed candy to about 1,500 children. December marked the start of the Holiday Season with our annual Christmas Fair and Tree Lighting ceremony at Jack Barker Memorial Park. The event once again featured food vendors, a hot air balloon glow, craft activities and an appearance by Santa Claus. We are grateful to businesses, non-profit organizations and community members who continue to support our events and activities.

As we move into a new calendar year, we hope you will join us in looking back to celebrate the many accomplishments we have achieved as a community. Our successes are your successes, and we want you to know we will continue to work hard every day to continue to make Pinetop-Lakeside a thriving, beautiful community. Here is to a great year ahead!


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