Willistead Park's asphalt paths debut at Art in the Park
15,000 people attended Art in the Park on Saturday alone
A new addition to this year's Art in the Park is getting a strong review from at least one dad.
Frank Boschin appreciates the new asphalt pathways that wind their way through the historic park.
His 10-year-old daughter lives life with cerebral palsy. Boschin says it was easier to get around to see the nearly 300 vendors at Willistead Park.
"First and foremost my daughter, Angelina, has a cerebral palsy and she does use a wheelchair and walker. Because of those paths, it gives her that much more freedom to walk around, especially at these events like art in the park accessibility is fantastic," he said. "The pathways are exceptionally well done."
His daughter likes to paint. She enjoys going to Art in the Park to see the different vendors.
Angelina called the asphalt pathways "better" than walkways they replaced.
Dozens of protestors objected to wider paved pathways
The objected to changes to the aesthetics of the historic park. They said it should continue to look like the grounds of a manor house.
One of the reasons the city opted for wider pathways is so maintenance crews can make their way through the park more easily.
The Rotary Club of Windsor says Art in the Park is its biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised help support local charities and Willistead Manor.
Among other thing, the money raised will go to a local charity to help children living with debilitating disabilities.
The attendance numbers are still being tallied.
Phil Cohen of the Rotary Club of Windsor says more than 15,000 people showed up on Saturday alone.
This year marked the 36th annual Art in the Park.
"The first weekend of June for Windsorites is summer time that's when summer starts," Cohen said.
Lynne Lounsbury made the trip to Willistead Park in Old Walkerville from Harrow. She spent two days at Art in the Park.
It rained early Sunday, but it wouldn't be Art in the Park without a shower, it seems.
"We definitely looked at the weather for the two days and that's why we chose to come [Saturday] but that rain this isn't enough to keep you away," she said.