MARKHAM -- A large crowd gathered at 15 Murison Dr. in Markham to mark the opening of Frisby Park in Victoria Square.
Refreshments were free and there was face painting for the children, while Rum Krillin entertained the crowd on guitar by playing music from the 70s.
Frisby Park has a large children’s play area, a pubic tennis court, a walking trail and a wooden canopy structure in which people can sit under the shade to play a game of Chess or Chinese checkers. The game boards are built right into the tables, you just bring your own chess or checker pieces.
Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Regional Councilor Nirmala Armstrong, and Councilor Alan Ho represented the City of Markham to officially dedicate this park to the Frisby family who were one of the founding families of Victoria Square.
The Minions were back to entertain the children along with Kung Fu Panda.
Mayor Scarpitti made special mention of Jo Sergeant who works hard for the Markham Historical Society to keep history alive in Markham by researching families who helped make Markham the great city it is today.
A plaque was unveiled which tells the story of John and Lucy Frisby who emigrated from England and settled on Lot 23, Concession 3 (west side of Woodbine) in Markham in 1830.
An Inn rose in Victoria Square in 1849, and in 1855 a Post Office was built.
Fast forward 170 years and this land is home to a thriving residential community in which foreigners, just like the Frisby’s were in the 1830s, are making this land their home and community in Markham, Ont.
A large group of Frisby descendants gathered at the park including Lois Frisby who is the oldest surviving member of the family and the youngest member, Sarah Galon. Frisby, her daughter Charlotte, husband Jim, and son Colby live in the original farmhouse to this day.
Lynn Rae is a reporter and columnist with the Torch Online, as well as a freelance writer and keynote speaker. Visit her personal website at www.myjourneybacktomyself.ca