NORTH ROYALTON – All Ward 3 residents are cordially invited to an informal meeting with their councilman where fun, family and fellowship are the sole items on the agenda.
Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw said he has been striving to foster a sense of community and belonging in his ward. So far, he has hosted two yearly events and the third is in the works. It’s quite a tradition in the making.
It all started with an ice cream social for his residents in 2013, a pizza party last year, and now he’s channeling his inner child for the upcoming Ward 3 family event.
His third annual North Royalton Ward 3 Family Night is planned for 6-8 p.m. Saturday, July 18 at The Jump Yard, located at 13700 York Road in North Royalton.
It’s a fun, casual opportunity for residents to kick back and catch up with neighbors and the councilman, but attendance will serve a greater purpose too.
Admission is free for each person who brings one non-perishable can or food item to the door, with proof of residency. Those food items will support the North Royalton Food Bank’s mission and help keep its shelves stocked throughout the summer months.
Kids will have full access to all The Jump Yard’s inflatables, fun and games throughout the event. There will also be special appearances by Webster from the Akron RubberDucks and Chomps from the Cleveland Browns.
At the heart of what’s become a yearly tradition, is the sense of community Langshaw said he is trying to nurture in his neck of the woods.
“One of the reasons North Royalton is a great place to live is because the people are great,” he said. “That is something I learned growing up here as a child and continue to believe as I prepare to raise my own family here.”
Langshaw said too often in today’s fast-paced society, people don’t take the time to get to know their neighbors anymore. He wants to change that, remove the barriers and create a fun environment in which to do that.
“The purpose of these events is to further a deeper sense of community and to have a fun time with neighbors who might become new friends, while, at the same time, doing something I am passionate about, which is helping those in our community,” Langshaw added. “It’s a winning combination of having fun and making a difference all at the same time.”
Roy Brinkhoff, assistant manager at The Jump Yard, said it’s the perfect time to not only meet neighbors but to check out the place for a good cause.
“We donated the use of our facility and free admission so we can help out the North Royalton Food Bank and give local residents the opportunity to check out The Jump Yard if they haven’t before. It’s a $14 value to get in and enjoy the facility. We have done fundraisers for all three North Royalton elementary schools, so generally the kids have been here, but for any that haven’t, it’s a great opportunity for us to open our doors and help out the local food bank.”