Fairy house artist asked to remove popular creations from Tinker Park

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Up until this weekend a small part of the walking trail at Tinker Nature Park featured fairy houses. Now they fill the garage of the woman who made them: artist Betsy Marshall.

“It’s been nearly five years of a great relationship with Tinker and we were just as surprised to hear it’s just not working anymore,” Marshall said.

The fairy houses were a popular feature of the park- delighting kids and their parents for five years. But Marshall said she was asked to remove them due to vandalism. Sometimes the damage was caused by wildlife, but more frequently eager kids would leave behind items for the fairies that posed a danger to the habitat.

Henrietta town supervisor Steve Schultz is aware of the complaints and is working to find a new home for the houses.

“It seems to be we can come up with a solution where they can be enjoyed by the children and keep wildlife safe,” Schultz said.

Possible new sites inclue the Henrietta Public Library or the Rec Center, according to Schultz. All the more optimal, since those locations include security cameras.

In the meantime, Marshall is storing the fairy houses with the same care she used to create them.

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