Canada Day is just around the corner and this year, the Fun in the Sun committee has made celebrating easier than ever.
An array of events are planned at Point Park for July 1, with everything from volleyball and wakeboarding to sandcastle-building contests and inflatable bouncy castles.
“We are continuing on with what we had last year,” said FITS committee member Cynthia Donald.
“We'll have the kayaks [and] paddleboards to rent at the water, and the wakeboard club is going to be there. They're always very popular,” she noted.
“It's nice to just to enjoy the park and the water.”
The committee is very happy to have been able to bring daytime activities back to Point Park over the last two years.
“The first time we brought it back, we were surprised how many people showed up,” Donald admitted.
“It was great," she enthused. "People missed celebrating Canada Day.”
The FITS committee estimates more than 4,000 people turned out to the Point last year despite poor weather while the year prior saw an excess of 6,000 people.
Donald noted that before the latest edition of the FITS committee was formed, the Point only saw a very small handful people on Canada Day.
FITS activities at Point Park are meant to provide residents with something to do between the Canada Day parade along the riverfront in the morning and the fireworks display at dusk.
“It's just a fun-filled day!" Donald enthused. "They can have their breakfast, enjoy the parade, head on down to the Point, head back home to get cleaned up and get their bug spray on for the fireworks.”
The parade's theme this year, chosen by the FITS committee, is “Summer Fun.”
To fundraise for all the events and activities at the Point, the committee sells doughnuts through the year with its doughnut-making machine.
It also receives funding from the Moffat Family Fund, which supports the economic, social, physical, and intellectual well-being of children and their families in the community.
Both the FITS committee and fireworks committee applied together and are guaranteed funding, although they remain unsure of the exact figures.
Meanwhile, as Canada Day approaches, the committee is stressing the importance of volunteering for this event.
“We need more volunteers, even if it's just two hours or an hour, whatever people can do,” Donald pleaded.
“Either helping at a station or running a station, depending on what it is.”
Those who would like to volunteer are asked to call 275-9134 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Donald is encouraging everyone looking for family fun on July 1 to head down to Point Park after the parade to participate in the many different fun activities.
“Come out, enjoy the lake, and enjoy the community members that will be out there,” she urged.
Donald noted that as Canadians, it's important to celebrate Canada Day.
“Compared to other countries, Canada is a pretty darn good place to live,” she reasoned.
“This is a great way to show our Canadian pride.”
Donald, along with the rest of the FITS committee, would like to thank everybody who has come out to their Canada Day events in the past, as well as those who plan to do so in the future.