Pembroke Plans To Reopen Waterfront Park For Canada Day

Pembroke's Waterfront Park area should be cleaned up enough in time to fully reopen for Canada Day celebrations on July 1.

The City's Recreation Programmer Elijah McKeown says plans are in place to have the popular park reopened for the festivities, following the spring flooding that took its toll and caused severe damage all along the waterfront area.

"It's been a little chaotic, but we thank the public for being patient with it and understanding the situation that we're in", McKeown told Pure Country 96.7 on Tuesday.

He made the comment as the City shared more details about this year's plans and accepted a cheque from its presenting sponsor for the Canada Day party, HGS, at the company's headquarters in west end Pembroke.

"It's not something we've experienced before to this level, so we're hoping Canada Day can kind of be a launch into the summer for us at the waterfront", McKeown added.

Officials from the Pembroke Business Improvement Area were also on hand, as the party will not only encompass the waterfront park, but the downtown core as well.

Variety of Events Planned

On July 1, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at both Waterfront Park and throughout Downtown Pembroke, families can enjoy a variety of exciting activities.

The city says there will be "a nice blend of classic favourites and new additions to liven up the action, including bounce castles, face painting, a petting zoo, obstacle courses, interactive games and displays".

Live entertainment will be situated at the amphitheatre from 12:30-9:00 p.m., including magic from Nathaniel Rankin and music from the Pembroke Legion Community Band, Gillan Rutz, Jory Turcotte, and Sierra Levesque.

The day will conclude with the annual fireworks show at Riverside Park at 10 p.m.