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Hallowe’en Parade 2015

image Woooooo! It’s that time of year again for the (almost) legendary Skeleton Park Hallowe’en Parade which will take place in McBurney Park on Saturday, October 31st.

All witches, werewolves, goblins and ghouls are invited to congregate in the park at 4:45 p.m. for a 5 p.m. start. Please, if you can, bring a noisemaking instrument to help join the Krewe of Boo in a New Orleans style second line parade around the park. Afterwards, as usual, there will be a photo opportunity session … so bring your camera, costume(s) and spooky singing voice!

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Hallowe’en Parade

5htcThe days are shorter and the nights are cooler –- which means the Skeleton Park Hallowe’en Parade is fast approaching! This fabulously spooky event takes place in McBurney Park on Friday, October 31st. All witches, werewolves, ghosts and goblins are invited to gather in the park at 5:00 p.m. for a 5:15 p.m start. Feel free to bring noisemakers and instruments to join in the festivities. This year we are delighted to have the marvellous Spencer Evans to be our fearless parade leader. Afterwards, as usual, there will be a photo opportunity session … so bring your camera, costume(s) and spooky singing voice!

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Claude and Marie Clement honoured by the MPNA

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The McBurney Park Neighbourhood Association has dedicated a Hackberry tree in McBurney Park to Claude & Marie Clement.  City forester Eugene Conners arranged the installation of the plaque on the mild, foggy afternoon of November 22 when the frost was not yet in the ground.

Marie Clement passed away in 2010.  Claude, a longtime neighbourhood resident, was elected City Councillor for our neighbourhood for many years. He was a key leader is securing Neighbourhood Improvement Project funds for local initiatives, and a member of the group that persuaded the city to build a swimming pool at Artillery Park. Local schools, green spaces, and neighbourhood safety have always been important for Claude, an unassuming person whose community spirit is reflected in the McBurney Park area. An inspirational elder, indeed.

text and photo by Jamie Swift.

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McBurney Park Clean-up and Mulch Fest.

On Sunday April 21 2013 a passel of residents descended on McBurney Park for a clean-up session and to spread mulch around the younger trees in the park.
The City of Kingston provided the mulch, which will protect the tree roots in drought conditions and – hopefully – discourage weeds and grass from growing up close to the trunks. Overzealous weed-whacking has, in the past, done serious damage to the bark. When you consider the rigmarole involved to get trees planted in the former graveyard, it makes sense to protect the investment.

Dozens of volunteers shoveled and hauled mulch, prepared the Ordnance St. flowerbeds for spring, collected myriad cigarette butts, and cleaned up the litter that had collected along the rink boards and throughout our green space. The weather was crisp and sunny, neighbours had a chance to chat, dogs (and one cat) mingled with the crowd, and lunch was provided afterwards by Sandra and David.

The cherry on top came the next day, Earth Day, when a truck showed up and blasted the graffiti off the shed that sits in the middle of the park.

Thanks to all who were able to help. Extra thanks to the Rutenbergs for hospitality and to Simon, who convinced the City to deliver mulch for the event and then wrangled the wheelbarrow brigade.

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Halloween Parade

Woooooo! It’s that time of year again, and I know you’re all busily preparing your costume for the Skeleton Park Halloween Parade! This (almost) legendary event takes place in McBurney Park on Wednesday, October 31st. All witches, werewolves, pirates and princes are invited to congregate in the park at 4:45 p.m. for a 5 p.m start. Please, if you can, bring a noisemaking instrument to help guide this unrelentingly spooky procession through the growing shadows. This year we are so lucky to have Spencer Evans and Alison Gowan be our fearless parade leaders. Afterwards, as usual, there will be a photo opportunity session … so bring your camera, costume(s) and spooky singing voice!

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