THUNDER BAY – It might be a little bit of an early Christmas present for the people of Thunder Bay. People who are anxious to reconnect with the waterfront will soon have the opportunity with a free community celebration on Friday, Dec. 16. Ours to Celebrate: Introducing Prince Arthur’s Landing to the Community will have a grand finale of fireworks and a festive flair with public skating, performances, children’s programs, bonfires, a variety of foods, and other holiday themes. The City is also working with the Waterfront District and the Bay & Algoma Business Association to coordinate with their downtown shops to remain open that evening for Christmas shopping.
The vision for Prince Arthur’s Landing also includes an important commitment to public art. Artists involved in the Public Art projects will be available to showcase their work to the community. A Walking Tour Guide will also be available for the public to enjoy the outdoor art gallery that has been created through the many public art installations in the park.
The gates will be open at 6 pm, with the following schedule of events:
Official Celebration: 6:30 pm
Welcoming ceremonies: 7 pm
Lighting of the Beacons: 7:15 pm
Grand fireworks display: 8 pm
End of event: 8:30 pm
Parking will be limited inside the park, but the Red River Road pedestrian overpass will be open at 6 pm. Shuttles will be available similar to Canada Day festivities and there will be accessible parking available. The Pearl St. entrance will be closed.
The City will also be hosting an official Grand Opening of Prince Arthur’s Landing in early spring when other levels of government will be available. The official opening will recognize Federal and Provincial Governments and local Business partners who have been instrumental in the success of this project through generous financial assistance and hard work. More information will be available in the New Year.