Nathan Shuster Park is located on Collins Ave, with additional entrances on Wallenberg Ave, just off the northern-most part of Cavendish Blvd.
The park now includes an amazing and fun zip-line, a tree house inhabited by a bear with an enclosed tubular slide, an enhanced nature walk trail and raised boardwalk and lots of swings, climbing structures like a boulder and a geodesic rope contraption. There are telescopes for watching birds and lots of space to picnic, play on the grass or walk through the forested area.
Nathan Shuster Park was originally inaugurated on June 14, 1990. Its namesake was my city councillor in Côte Saint-Luc’s District 6 from 1964 to 1989. He passed away in 1989 before the end of his term of office and I ran in the by-election following his passing coming up just 13 votes shy of victory. (I won the general election one year later and each election ever since).
Nathan Shuster’s son Schoel, who lives in Toronto, was in attendance with his wife and daughter. Nathan Shuster’s widow, Tova, lives in a seniors home in Ottawa and according to Schoel at the age of 101 she is still very sharp. She is such a wonderful lady and I am always grateful for her support in my early elections.
“The play equipment we have installed for both younger and older kids at Nathan Shuster Park will make it unique on the island,” Mayor Housefather said.
In order to plan the park, council and staff, and residents engaged in place-making exercises. Place-making is the process of making public places that will attract people and promote their health, happiness, and well-being. District 8 Councillor Ruth Kovac was integrally involved in this process. My wife and I also participated in a focus group with Parks and Recreation Director David Taveroff to discuss the features and toys that would best serve the visitors to the park.
“I am very proud of the way the process that led to the rejuvenation of the park,” Councillor Kovac said. “We engaged, discussed, debated and in the end have a great park. I think parents and grandparents will have a lot of great memories here.”
Added Councillor Mitchell Brownstein, the council member responsible for parks and recreation issues: “We think Nathan Shuster Park will attract people from across Côte Saint-Luc who want to experience something different. We think it will become a favourite destination in Côte Saint-Luc, not just for people in the area but from all over our city.”
Thanks to our Director of Public Affairs, IT and Communications Darryl Levine for this terrific video of the opening.
(With additional reporting by Mike Cohen and photos by Darryl Levine)