The City of Vernon will continue to contribute to a Canada Day party, although the fate of a fireworks display on July 1 remains undecided.
Vernon’s Canada Day committee sought, and received, contributions of cash, insurance coverage for volunteers and in-kind services for the annual July 1 party in Polson Park.
“It’s a family event, free for everyone with lots of kids activities, entertainment and a Canada Day cake,” said committee spokesperson Ken Barker, who requested $1,000 from the city.
Asked what the city traditionally provides, Barker rattled off a list.
“Usually $1,000 cash, the use of Polson Park, table and chairs are made available, a key is issued to open the park at 6 a.m. to allow food vendors in and there’s usually a park employee on hand from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help out if any problems arise,” said Barker.
The city also contributes two large Canadian flags, placed in trees near the bandshell.
Security for the event is provided by the RCMP, City of Vernon bylaw officers and ambulance personnel.
Coun. Catherine Lord made a resolution to provide the $1,000, have volunteers covered under the city’s insurance and liability coverage and to continue the city’s in-kind services contribution, which was unanimously supported.
There could also be one new event added to Canada Day festivities in the park.
“We are hoping to add a Sun Valley Cruisers Show and Shine Car Show in the oval,” said Barker, who also requested that, if the car show is a go, the city does not water the oval two days before July 1 to help prevent any damage to the cars.
“We can inform staff of that request,” said Mayor Akbal Mund.