A day of family fun
in Westmount Park
Annual Family Day offers amusement for all ages
By Patricia Dumais
First published June 1, 2016
There’s no better way to start off summer in Westmount. Family Day is without a doubt the City’s most popular event and this year was no exception. Mother Nature cooperated with hot sunny weather that brought hundreds of citizens to Westmount Park to enjoy a multitude of activities for people of all ages. Throughout the day, young families, grandparents and grandkids, neighbours and visitors strolled amongst the many kiosks, displays and food stalls, and took part in various games and amusements.
The day kicked off with a bicycle auction in the junior field at 9 am. Attendees were able to purchase bicycles and other unclaimed goods at bargain prices.
Makeup artists were on hand at the Gazebo to paint children’s faces (and bodies) in a variety of colourful designs. Judging from the long line-up, this was one of the event’s most popular activities.
Public Security representatives inspected child car seat installation as well as bicycles in the Melville Field. Many parents expressed their appreciation of this invaluable service to the community.
There’s no better way to start off summer in Westmount. Family Day is without a doubt the City’s most popular event and this year was no exception.
In Melville field, children took part in an assortment of inflatable games, as well as a Eurobungee, sponsored by Hydro Westmount, and a climbing wall, courtesy of the Scouts. There were pony rides and a petting zoo, where you could feed or pet anything from a chicken to a llama! As well, there were traditional and novelty races for all, and games such as balloon toss, tug of war and egg toss. There was no shortage of activities to keep the kids busy!Once again this year, the 34th Combat Engineer Regiment operated its popular aerial runway and boat rides across the pond. Children splashed about in the shallow water, keeping cool.
Along the walking paths, one could visit kiosks and displays and get a wealth of information about a wide variety of community organizations, including the Greene Avenue Community Centre, the Healthy City Project, the Westmount Public Library, the Rotary and the Westmount Municipal Association. Contactivity Seniors’ Centre offered its traditional bake and handicraft sale.
A variety of foods and refreshments were available throughout the day, organized by Café Mouton Noir, Girl Guides, Metro Fletcher and Venturer Scouts. There were the usual favourites, hamburgers and hots dogs, prepared by the Scouts, as well as more sophisticated fare such as delicious lobster rolls, courtesy of Mouton Noir.
All in all, Westmount Family Day was a resounding success!
Images: Patricia Dumais
Patricia Dumais, artistic director, award-winning graphic designer specialized in brand design is co-founder of Visionnaires, publishers of Westmount Magazine. Patricia develops visual concepts and ensures that all deliverables follow our publication’s standards and reflect the editorial voice. You can connect with Patricia on Linkedin, Twitter and Pinterest. or by email at email@example.com.