It’s good news for Lakeside Park in St. Catharines as the official opening of the revitalized area will take place Thursday, Aug. 31 at noon.

The event is open to everyone and will include giveaways, games, informative displays and free rides on the Lakeside Park Carousel, courtesy of the Friends of the Carousel, plus remarks from Mayor Walter Sendzik, MP Chris Bittle, Regional Chair Al Caslin, and the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Upgrades to Lakeside Park include accessible washrooms, pavilion and playground and enhanced electrical and lighting systems, while new features include the Rotary Bandshell and a sun shelter. All enhancements were designed and installed with accessibility in mind to ensure the park can be enjoyed by everyone.

Check out the video below to get a glimpse of the new park:

Work in Lakeside Park started December 2016 and was on track to wrap up in the spring of 2017 before record high water levels in Lake Ontario delayed construction.

The City invested $1.77 million for the rejuvenation of Lakeside Park; the Government of Canada contributed up to $150,000 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); and the Niagara Region contributed up to $615,000 through its Waterfront Investment Program.

Work at Lakeside Park was also made possible by the Rick Hansen Foundation Access4All Canada 150 Signature Project fund and the Government of Canada, with $20,000 supporting the new beach sun shelter and $10,000 for the Aug. 31 community celebration. The Rotary Club of St. Catharines previously invested $75,000 for the naming rights of the new Rotary Bandshell.

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