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Party in the Park '09 builds community

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Party in the Park was canceled in 2008 due to rainy weather, but it was back in fine fashion this year at South Central park where the North Ridgeville PTAs and Citizens for Better Schools welcomed an estimated 300 to 325 people last Saturday.

The food may have run out after the first hour, but there was plenty for families to do, according to Sandy Gasior, a co-chair of the event, which began seven years ago.

“It’s a way to build a feeling of community that gives the schools a chance to meet with people in a setting that shows we don’t always have our hand out for something,” she said.

The afternoon party featured music by the North Ridgeville High School Ranger Marching Band and the group Sheltered Reality. Other activities included a cornhole contest, displays and activities by the city fire and police departments including a hook-and-ladder truck, police dog unit, as well as an inflatable bounce house and slide and face-painting.

Community clubs and organizations also took part, including Community Care and St. Peter’s School.

Those who thought they could bring the heat tried their luck at a dunking tank or pie-throwing. Targets for each included a number of school administrators and teachers.

“We didn’t have as big a turnout as in the past,” Gasior said, acknowledging the big draw of the Ohio State-Toledo football game. “But we didn’t want to wait too late to hold it and wind up freezing our dunk tank volunteers.”

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