Missed deadline for Coulter Parkette renovations
“Site conditions and fall weather” resulted in a missed deadline for the re-opening of a renovated coulter Parkette in downtown Port Elgin, forcing officials to move the nov. 16 christmas tree lighting festivities to a new location, one bock north on mill St., which will be closed between Waterloo and goderich Streets.
in an email, amanda Froese, the town’s director of Public Works, said the planned nov. 15 re-opening of coulter Parkette was moved to nov. 17. a shade structure/gazebo will be completed in the future.
“these two days enabled the contractor to accommodate infrastructure improvements by telecommunications companies and a neighbouring business to take place,” Froese said, adding the contractor has worked diligently to completion the project as fast as possible.
organized by the Saugeen Shores chamber of commerce, the annual kick off to christmas includes the tree lighting and Shoppers night with special sales by downtown merchants to encourage people to shop locally.
chamber spokesperson Jenny Posthumus said coulter Parkette not being ready was “disappointing and unfortunate” but wanted to focus on “next year [when] we’re going to have a permanent tree in coulter Parkette, and the experience is going to be that much better,” Posthumus said in a nov. 9 telephone interview.
She said the town takes care of the tree, the Business improvement area (Bia) handles the lighting ceremony and the chamber of commerce organizes the nov. 16 Shoppers night.
Posthumus is busy lining up floats and marchers for the Santa claus parades in Port Elgin nov. 25 and Southampton dec. 1. thew 20 entered to date include both the owen Sound community Band and a pipe band, at a cost of $1,600 with most covered by a donation from ontario Power generation (oPg).