Park not expected to be fully ready by July 1
SACKVILLE, N.B. – Town officials are making alternate plans in the event the Bill Johnstone Memorial Park is not ready for a Canada Day opening.
Town council approved a street closure for July 1 for Bridge Street, where Sackville will host Canada Day celebrations if the park makeover project is not completed.
“This is a precautionary measure,” said Jamie Burke, Sackville’s senior manager of corporate projects.
Burke said although work at the park is progressing nicely, hosting an event at the newly-refurbished park by early next month may be a bit premature. So the town needed to ensure there was a tentative plan in place for the festivities.
The street closure, which takes in Bridge Street from Lorne Street to Main, has been approved from noon to 9 p.m.
Last week, the project manager who is overseeing the park redevelopment, said the contractor was making good progress but he didn’t expect the park to be fully ready for a July 1 opening. He pointed out that while the bulk of the park is anticipated to be ready by early July, the key concern is that the newly-laid sods may not be able to withstand a lot of foot traffic in the early stages of growth.