For ten years Ken and Helen Lippert had organized a picnic in Lippert Park as shown here and here. This was a chance for the neighbourhood to use this valuable space for meeting, skateboarding, face painting and many other forms of community building.
There was no event in 2011 but this year Lane Burman has taken up the challenge to organize a neighbourhood party this coming Saturday. Lane says “This is a great opportunity to gather as a neighbourhood, enjoy some live music and let the kids have some fun. Our neighbourhood is changing, our neighbours are changing and being able to gather and meet everyone and talk about our area of the city is an important way to build our community.”
The activities include a face painting / princess makeup table, soccer, temporary tattoos, popcorn and cotton candy. There will also be tables from the Neighbourhood Association and Community Gardening. Police and the Fire Department may also attend (depending on whether or not there is a fire somewhere!). There will be chalk painting and the party will end with a percussion parade.
Music will also be a major part of the event: at 1 pm Glenn Soulas will perform and at 2 pm the children’s band The Skalywags will play.
Lane has gotten support from some of the neighbourhood businesses to help with the cost of the event and these include Queensgate and Victorian Common, Cocoon Apothecary and Tire Discounter Group.
The MHBP Neighbourhood Association hopes you will all come out on Saturday afternoon to have some fun, listen to some music and meet your neighbours.
Volunteers are always welcome so if you would like to help in any way, please contact Lane at his committee at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
The party returns to Lippert Park on July 14 (Saturday) from 1 – 4 pm