Friends of Cianfrani Park and the Bella Vista Neighbors Association to celebrate 50 years of Cianfrani Park
The park was named after Henry Cianfrani, a World War II veteran who later became a Pennsylvania State Senator.
In conjunction with Friends of Cianfrani Park, the Bella Vista Neighbors Association is hosting a 50-year celebration at Cianfrani Park, a public park located in Bella Vista, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 22.
“People will have an opportunity to read about the history of the park, meet some volunteers, and listen to some music,” said Bella Vista Neighbors Association President Eugene Desyatnik. “It’s going to take place over the entire day and they’re looking to bring in some food trucks, have people sign up to take the stage and microphone to perform for music.”
Desyatnik said the stage will be available to anyone who wants to sign up and perform. A flea market will also be present at the event for attendees to do some shopping.
“Around 2 p.m. is when the music is going to cut out and have a moment to acknowledge all the hard work that went into making the park what it is today,” said Desyatnik.
According to Desyatnik, the park used to be the site of the Ringgold Grammar School until it was demolished in 1956.
“It took some time for the space to eventually become a park,” said Desyatnik.
After that, several years went by and the park became what it is today in 1968. It was named after Henry Cianfrani, a World War II veteran who later became a state senator.
Two years ago, a large-scale renovation project happened at the park, which was attended by Councilman Mark Squilla and representatives from the city’s parks and recreation department.
“This is going to be partially a belated ribbon-cutting for those renovations as well,” Desyatnik said. “I think it’s a perfect time and the perfect weather to connect with the neighbors and take pride in the accomplishments in making the park what it is and to get involved.”
If you’re interested in setting up your own stand at the flea market, which costs $25, reach out to Daniela at (267) 250–0124 or Shannon at (215) 680–4164.