Haunted hayride canceled over park admission

Posted at 9:21 AM, Sep 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-30 09:21:08-04

An annual haunted hayride for charity has been canceled after policy changes at a local park. It has a lot of people in Brownstown Township upset and wondering why.

The haunted hayride, through Lake Erie Metropark  is an event organized by the Brownstown Firefighters and all of the proceeds go to charity.

The firefighters would not talk on camera, but their union posted this statement on its website:

The Brownstown Fire Fighters regretfully announce that our annual Haunted Hayride will not take place this year. Due to new park administration and policy, a daily park pass would be required for entry. The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority (HCMA) has waived, the park entry fee --- for the past 20 years.

“The money goes to charity. It’s a good event,” said Danielle Napper who attends the event every year with her family. “The kids enjoy it. I look forward to it. The kids look forward to it. We support the city and their foundations and that. I think it’s pretty sad.”

By phone 7 Action News spoke to those in charge of Huron Clinton Metroparks. According to them, new management has taken over and there is a new rule that no entrance fees are waived for any charity events to make it fair for all charities.

They added, the firefighters did not use the park last year for their haunted hayride.

Management told 7 Action News the Huron Clinton Metroparks get two-thirds of its revenue from property taxes, and the other third from events and activities to keep the parks running.

Some feel an exception should be made for the firefighters.

“They do the community a great service and hopefully prevail,” said resident Michael Adney.

“They do a ton... a lot for the community. I drive down Hall Road every day. I see the school activities where little kids are there. Where they are given rides in the truck and can see. They do a lot in the community,” said Danielle Napper. "I think they should be waived. They do a lot for the city. I'm very sad and disappointed that it’s not going to happen.”