The town of Windsor’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department hosted another successful Magical Forest event on Feb. 25 at Eastman Park.

The annual affair draws dozens of adults, teens and children to come out and exercise their creative muscles through building forts, huts, castles and other structures using old donated Christmas trees.

The trees are collected through the town’s free Christmas Tree Recycling program. The program offers Windsor residents a safe alternative to recycling their Christmas trees, which are mulched and repurposed in outdoor spaces to help keep the community beautiful.

Ewan Pelletier,6, right, helps his dad Jeff Pelletier saw tree branches as they work together to build a fort during the Magical Forest event held Feb. 25, 2023 in Windsor.(Jim Rydbom/Staff Photographer)

The free event was sponsored by Heidi Washburn State Farm, the Greeley Stampede, the Human Bean and Ascent Classical Academy.

The Human Bean provided free hot cocoa to keep builders warm and toasty in the nippy temperatures.

Check out a drone video of the event at http://bit.ly/3IWlb2P

At the end of the day, prizes were awarded to the most creative and unique structures created at the event.

A snowman welcomes you into a Man Cave maze during the 4th annual Magical Forest event held near Eastman Park in Windsor on Feb. 25, 2023. The free family-friendly was hosted by the Windsor Parks Recreation and Culture.(Jim Rydbom/Staff Photographer)

Creations crafted from the trees will be left up in the park for around two months for kids and parents to enjoy. After that, they will be taken down and the trees will be shredded with the mulch being distributed in landscaping throughout the community.

Bryan Kimbell works on the roof of a Christmas tree fort at the 4th annual Magical Forest event at Eastman Park in Windsor Feb.25, 2023.(Jim Rydbom/Staff Photographer)

Dozens of Christmas tree forts, castles and mazes fill Eastman Park in Windsor during the 4th annual Magical Forest event on Saturday Feb. 25, 2023. The Windsor Parks Recreation and Culture hosted the free event.(Jim Rydbom/Staff Photographer)

Eleanor Zander, 4, gathers Christmas tree branches while building a fort during the 4th annual Magical Forest event held at Eastman Park on Feb. 25, 2023 in Windsor. Parents and kids got the chance to transform live Christmas trees into their own creation.(Jim Rydbom/Staff Photographer)

Arlo Kimbell, 10, right, and his friend Antoine Bazoin, 10, work to drag a huge Christmas tree while building a fort during the 4th annual Magical Forest event on Feb. 25, 2023 in Windsor. The free event was hosted by the Windsor Parks Recreation and Culture.(Jim Rydbom/Staff Photographer)

Ewan Pelletier,6, right, helps his dad Jeff Pelletier saw tree branches as they work together to build a fort during the Magical Forest event held Feb. 25, 2023 in Windsor.(Jim Rydbom/Staff Photographer)

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For more information on other events hosted by the Windsor Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, go to www.recreationliveshere.com .


This article was originally published in Greeley Tribune