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The haunting of Fox Ridge Park

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Legend has it that a demonic child haunts Fox Ridge Park who is particularly fond of the swings. Late at night, passersby will see him (it’s always a little boy) swinging, but if they get too close to him, he turns into a demon. The child was allegedly killed by a drunk driver in the area. The rumors have been around since at least the late '90s, but no actual evidence has been uncovered to prove any of the story’s details.

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Who was the kid that supposedly haunts the park? Maybe he attended Estes McDoniel Elementary School, which is located directly behind Fox Ridge Park. Perhaps he was killed while walking home from school; no one really knows. According to one version of the legend, he was hit by the drunk driver while on his way to the park after sneaking out of his house one night because he wanted to play on the swings.

What is known is that the park was purchased by the City of Henderson in early 1990, so if the story is true, the little boy would have died after that. The elementary school has been there since about 1987, so it is possible that he attended it. Prior to that, the entire area (both the park and the school) was owned by an investment realty group, and nothing else about the land stands out.

Of course, the biggest question is: Why would the ghost of a child become a demon? It could be a defense mechanism adopted by the forlorn spirit. Or there is no little boy, but only a demon who takes on the appearance of a little boy to fool people.

One thing that is certain is that Fox Ridge Park is rather creepy at night. The trees are home to numerous birds and their every movement can be heard clearly. The backyards of the residents of the Village of Fox Ridge housing development line the northern wall of the park, and the sound of dogs occasionally drifts into the park.

These sounds are probably the cause of some of the rumors of ghosts and demons associated with the park, but still, when you’re alone there in the quiet of the night, there is something unsettling about Fox Ridge Park.

The park’s address is 420 Valle Verde Dr., and is located between Sunset and Warm Springs. Its hours are 6 a.m. to midnight. If you visit the park after hours, be warned that the police do patrol the area and the word on the street is that they do not take kindly to would-be ghost hunters.

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