Family and friends were there, as were political VIPs and town officials.

The occasion Oct. 22 near the New Milford downtown was the dedication of Hulton Meadow Park, 3.6 acres of property just a quarter-mile from the Village Green.

Located along Grove Street, across the street from the Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 firehouse, the site is a large meadow with a contiguous wooded plot.

New Milford native Paul Hulton, 87, donated it to the town to be developed by the Parks & Recreation Department as a park.

The park was given in memory of James. R. "Poppy" Hulton Sr., an avoid outdoorsman and the father of Paul Hulton and nine siblings.

"We are very pleased," Hulton said, speaking for his family during a Town Council meeting in August at which the town accepted his donation.

"My father wouldn't let me develop that parcel over the years," he said. "I kept hearing his voice saying, `This would be a beautiful park.' "

Michael John Cavallero of the Conservation Commission, among those in attendance at the dedication, had noted in a letter the meadow and eventual park "will be an asset to the town for generations to come."

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