With perfect weather was and high attendance, a great day was had by all at the Parkdale Community Association Family Day on June 13th at the Parkdale Community Centre. Many thanks to our sponsors, Alderman Druh Farrell (through Council Strategic Initiatives Fund), Kensington Lion’s Club, Lube Town, Cheesecake Café (Kevin Taylor), and the Board of Directors of the Parkdale Community Association.
More than 250 people attended the event, where they enjoyed a great barbeque lunch prepared by the dedicated volunteers at Kensington Lion’s Club. Butterfield Acres created a lot of excitement when they arrived with piglets, baby goats, sheep, bunnies, and geese, including the arrival of two new eggs once everyone got settled in!
The crafts tables were a great hit this year; it was gratifying to watch children take great effort into creating the most unique craft projects. From ladybugs to miniature kites, they each individualized their projects to make them the special creations they took home. I even saw a few Moms and Dads creating a few of their own projects.
This was one of our most successful soccer seasons and this year the soccer awards were handed out during the Family Day celebrations. It was such a pleasure seeing the smiles on the faces of the children and their families as they received their awards. Well done kids!!
Our Garden Committee was at the event, sharing their ideas and plans about the proposed community garden. Part of the plan includes a quilt-style mural made of ceramic tiles at the entrance to the garden. Over 75 individuals sponsored a space at the event, and will soon be designing their own special tile to be included in the mural.
Building community happens one event at a time, and the Parkdale Community Association looks forward to planning more family events throughout the year. However, these events can only be successful if we have enough volunteers to help with planning and implementation; if you have some time to volunteer, even if it is only an hour at a time, contact Bill Biccum.