With 50 years of service about to be under their belt, the staff at the Nipawin & District Regional Park plan on celebrating their milestone anniversary over two days.
Rhonda Rasmussen, park manager, told northeastNOW this anniversary was planned since May, and she’s excited to celebrate 50 years of people coming out by throwing a party for everyone as a way to give back.
“I’ve been coming out here as a child with huge family picnics and big events, and I know many families have done that over the years,” Rasmussen said. “It’s just a place of gathering for the town of Nipawin and it’s just a little oasis of beauty out here. People can just get away from everything do the simple things in life which sometimes are the best things.”
The park was established in 1968, so staff decided to have a 60s theme for the anniversary, with costumes, bike decorating contests, and church service.
Some of Northeast Saskatchewan’s heritage will be on display, with Ukrainian dancers along with Indigenous dancing, drumming, and food.
While the park will honour the cultures and decades, its own history will get acknowledged with a former late board member Pat Miskiman getting a bench named in his honour.
With a tip of the cap to its history, the park will also host current family friendly events such as mini-gold tournaments, scavenger hunts, horse wagon rides, and a climbing wall.
The anniversary takes place over Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, with Mayor Rennie Harper present for the grand opening Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
To invite as many people as possible, park rates were scrapped for the anniversary weekend.
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