By Robert Frank
More than 100 Chomedey residents and their children congregated at John F. Kennedy park on Elizabeth street, Sept. 14, for a Sunday afternoon of fun and fellowship.
“I have lived across from the park for almost 40 years,” organizer Tzila Baum told The Suburban.
“I remember when it was always full of parents and their children, whose laughter was such a pleasure to hear.”
“Over the years, the community changed, and no one used the space, which is so beautiful,” she said in an interview. “So we came up with an idea to gather neighbours to get to know one another and do things together to revive the park.”
Together with Anastasia Maziotis, she enlisted the city’s enthusiastic support.
“Laval strives to offer its citizens a plasent environment which maximizes the use of public space,” city official Philippe da Silva, who coordinates park activities, wrote in reply to approve Baum’s request.
“It was marvelous,” Baum said. “I was shocked by how many people came. Everyone brought food from around the world for an unimaginable pot luck. Chomedey McDonald’s Randy Fryde, IGA Extra Pierre Michaud on Labelle and Lily Bakery also pitched in, and the city provided a sound system, tables and chairs.”
“Chomedey en forme sent an animator who organized wonderful activities with the children,” she continued. “She had such a good time that she said she will return for all our activities.”
“So many people I didn’t know showed up with their families,” Baum smiled. “They expressed their appreciation for starting something like that and said that they want a reprise next year in which they are involved. Not just one event. Many.”
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