Little residents cash in during an event in Delaware Park

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Thousands spent the night in Delaware Park Thursday night, some ran in the Corporate Challenge, others watched Shakespeare in the park.

Cars lined the streets in nearby neighborhoods, making it a nightmare to find a spot.

Some residents said the community could do a better job handling the influx.

“Some organizations handle this better than others, I think with the thousands of people who come here it might be better if they can handle the volume better,” said Elizabeth Stone, resident of nearly 40 years.

Other residents told News 4 they don’t mind the congestion as long as the people are respectful.

“It’s great for people that normally don’t live in the city to come in to the city, it’s great to showcase our neighborhood, however we do always ask that people respect our neighborhood, don’t leave trash, we usually find some things afterwards,” said Heather Didomenico, resident of 11 years.

Despite the jam packed streets, some made the best of the situation and cashed in on the evening.

“I’m making money and helping people park in our backyard,” said 7-year-old, Aniella Didomenico.

The Didomenico family has been opening their driveway up to visitors for the Corporate Challenge for the past 11 years, charging $10 a car.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the street an 8-year-old cashed in as well by selling lemonade on the sidewalk.

“It’s perfect, good weather, a lot of people, everybody has really enjoyed seeing the kids out making some money,” said Tom Teaman, resident of 11 years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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