Canada Day party shift

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BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

Staff The Lan­caster Op­ti­mist Club is pulling out of Char­lot­ten­burgh Park for Canada Day, opt­ing to hold a cel­e­bra­tion at the bur­geon­ing Smith­field Park in­stead.

Club pres­i­dent Anne Donkers says the Op­ti­mists are chang­ing venues be­cause it seems to be what the gen­eral pop­u­lace wants.

“Smith­field Park is a nice loca- tion and we’re work­ing to re­build it,” she says.

And although she ad­mits they may lose some cel­e­brants to Char­lot­ten­burgh Park’s pub­lic beach, she doesn’t think it will be a huge loss.

In fact, she be­lieves the Smith­field cel­e­bra­tion will at­tract some new peo­ple.

Be­sides the change in venue, the Lan­caster fes­tiv­i­ties will fea­ture many of the same at­trac­tions that brought peo­ple into Char­lot­ten­burgh Park. There will be ven­dors, en­ter­tain­ment, fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, bounce cas­tles for the smaller chil­dren, and fire­works at dusk.

Sources at the Raisin Re­gion Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity say they don’t know if Char­lot­ten­burgh Park will do any­thing spe­cial for Canada Day this year, though they say that fire­works def­i­nitely won’t be part of that ac­tiv­ity.

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