Lifelong Elmira residents Harold and Winnie Watts are described by their grandson, Anthony, as the “driving force” behind several community projects, including the creation of the Brand Park Task Force and Beautification Committee.
The work of the committee has led to many upgrades in the park over the years, while also striving to maintain the natural beauty of the park.
Winnie Watts passed away in August of 2018.
To commemorate her and Harold’s hard work and service to the community, the Brand Park Bandstand will be named after the couple – a decision unanimously approved by the Elmira City Council last year.
The naming will take place at an event organized by Harold and Winnie’s family and friends Tuesday evening from 5 – 7 p.m. at the New Beginnings United Methodist Church on Miller St.
Anthony hopes the event will inspire more people in the community to join the beautification committee, as many of the members, like Winnie, who began the effort are no longer able to participate. The event is open to the public.
The event will also kick off a fundraising campaign for the Harold and Winnie Watts Brand Park Trust, which will help raise money for events such as the Old Tyme Summer Festival, as well as maintenance and upgrades for the park. That campaign is the result of a partnership between the Brand Park Beautification Committee and the Elmira Corning Community Foundation of the Finger Lakes.