Former Tinker Park fairy houses given a new home

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The fairy houses that were once set up at Tinker Nature Park in Henrietta and had a loyal following among local families now have a new home.

Back in March, Henrietta officials asked that the unique pieces of art be taken down due to repeated vandalism. They’re now being moved to Mendon Ponds Park.

Choosing a new location for something so beloved by the community was an important task to take on. Monroe County Parks director, Larry Staub, said the perfect place came to him right away.

“Mendon has always been known as more of a nature park than anything else so we thought that really fit the bill for fairy houses because they really are best in a more woodsy natural setting,” said Staub.

Staub said anyone who saw the houses at Tinker will see an enhanced version at Mendon Ponds.

The fairy houses are set up all along the Birdsong Trail and Staub said the artists have been hard at work for the past couple of months getting it all ready. He said they only have a little more left until the project is complete.

But one concern remains: what if the vandalism issue repeats itself?

“We really have very respectful clientele here at Mendon Ponds and we really hope that that continues. I know this is a very family activity so I know families are respectful of the fairy houses and the nature trails,” said Staub.

The park will host an official opening of the trail to the public on June 15. Staub said there will be fun activities and maybe even some surprises.

“I’m told the fairies might be here but we won’t be able to see them.”

He said, come find out for yourself.

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