In February, the Town announced that the East Pier would be closed to vehicles and events due to damage that needs to be assessed. One of the consequences is that the Midway for the Waterfront Festival cannot be located there so it needed to find a new location. After looking at several options, it was decided to put it in Victoria Park – at the South-East end near the pavilion. Since the Midway “rides” are accompanied by loud “music”, there are potential problems with nearby residents as well as a clash with music in the Bandshell. It has already been decided that the music will be turned off completely from 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. on July 1st to avoid interfering with Canada Day celebrations. Note that these celebrations will be an hour later this year – the Canada Day parade will start at 1:00 p.m.
Both Rotary and Lions have agreed to the change – the Lions will now locate their new Lumberjack Demonstration in the area in Victoria Park just north of Queen St.
The hours this year for the Midway are:
- Friday June 29 — 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 – 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
- Monday July 2 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Given the height of some of the rides, they need to be away from trees but as the map shows (click to enlarge), that area of Victoria Park has no trees.
There are still concerns that the noise will be objectionable to nearby residents but there will be a door-to-door campaign to advise residents and somehow convince them to put up with it. It is not clear if it will also interfere with music at the bandshell – since the Midway will be quiet during Canada day celebrations, that implies that there will be a conflict.
This change was approved with a motion by Council at their regular meeting on Tuesday May 22.
- East Pier Closed for Vehicles and Events – 18 Feb 2018
- Waterfront Festival web site – not yet updated with this information