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September 2018

Party at the Park and playground dedication goes off with a bang

What a party! The Griesbach Community League would like to give a big high-five to everyone who made our playground dedication and annual community party the best one yet.

An estimated 700 people came to the event on Saturday, Sept. 8. Volunteers served up more than 500 burgers and hotdogs. There were bouncy castles, face painting, beer and music, cotton candy, balloon animals, a photo booth, a bike parade, games, a climbing wall and a huge fireworks display to cap it all off.

The Party at the Park 2018 would not have been possible without support from this great community, including dozens of volunteers and sponsors, and the hundreds of community members who came out to the event to enjoy the festivities.

Notably, Fireworks Spectaculars was the team behind our awesome nighttime display, with Canada Lands Company also sponsoring the fireworks show and the event earlier in the day.

Staff at Fireworks Spectaculars—Rich Juchli, Leonard Nordlund and Wilf Bullerkist—donated their time to put on the show. This means the community league only had to cover the cost of the fireworks and permits, as these three men worked all day for free as a service to the community. This gave us way more bang for our buck. The fireworks would not have been possible without such a generous donation of time and expertise. Thank you!

Photo: Allan Au

Skuba Dental was another big sponsor. The dental office just north of Griesbach was not only a major donor to the playground project, it also sponsored the photo booth at the event and donated door prizes.

Other sponsors include:

  • Funky Petals donated beautiful flower arrangements for prizes.
  • Shopper’s Drug Mart, Griesbach, was a sponsor for the playground and donated prizes to the scavenger hunt.
  • Tim Hortons in Griesbach donated jugs of coffee to warm up anyone who dropped by the beer tent.
  • Griesbach Dance Company provided volunteers to flip so many burgers and hotdogs and handed out cotton candy.
  • Bone and Biscuit donated two door-prize baskets for dog and cat lovers, along with plenty of giveaways at the event.

Thank you so much to all of these local businesses! We ask community members to please show your appreciation by supporting them, in turn, if you are able to do so.

We’re also thankful for all of the fundraising superstars who attended our ribbon cutting to officially open the Maple Leaf Park playground. Notably, Education Minister and Edmonton-Calder MLA David Eggen and Edmonton Ward 2 Councillor Bev Esslinger. Both of these leaders were instrumental in building the Griesbach playground.

Dignitaries cut the ribbon at a playground dedication on Sept. 8. From left to right are: Addison Tilley, Griesbach Community League president Brad Tilley, Kara KempinJim Chronopoulos, MGG fundraising society president Ammanda Cole, MGG principal Brent Zmurchik, MLA and Education Minister David Eggen, Edmonton Ward 2 Councillor Bev Esslinger, Canada Lands Company director Marvin Neumann and Joylyn Teskey.

Door-prize winners have been drawn and will be contacted in the coming days to arrange prize pickup. Scavenger hunt winners will also be chosen and contacted after the next community league board meeting on Sept. 12.

Stay tuned for more events like this one. The Griesbach Community League board members are taking some time to catch our breath before planning more events around Christmas. We’re also looking for new volunteers, and ideas, to help keep the party going. Email communications@griesbachcommunity.com if you would like to get involved.