Campbellton Association to host first Campbellton Day

The past, present and future of the Campbellton neighbourhood will be showcased in a new event being organized by the Campbellton Neighbourhood Association (CNA).

“The CNA is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first annual Campbellton Day on Monday, August 1,” said association chair Brian Shaw, noting that date also is part of a long weekend with the statutory B.C. Day holiday that falls on the first Monday in August.

“Campbellton has a colourful history that deserves to be celebrated but it also has a bright future that we’re working to make great too,” said Shaw, one of the founders of the four-year-old CNA, which is a not-for-profit society run by a volunteer board of directors.

Events that day will include an open public meeting at 10 a.m. at the Fusilli Grill, 1760 Island Highway, using the scenic riverside lawn if weather permits. It will feature speeches by local dignitaries and residents familiar with the neighbourhood’s long history as one of the first spots of European settlement in the Campbell River area, but also about its future such as the need to improve public access to the Myrt Thompson Trail off of Maple Street.

The public meeting will be followed by visits to sites that are the focus of key CNA initiatives, which include restoring public access to the river at the end of Spruce Street and between Tamarac and Willow Streets, and the CNA’s proposal to mount a Beaver float plane as a tourist attraction and entrance feature on 14th Avenue between the same two streets which also serve as the north and southbound lanes of the Island Highway.

That afternoon the CNA also will be hosting a free music show featuring local artists in the playground area at the Campbellton Community Garden on 15th Avenue near Petersen Road, which will be accompanied by a barbecue and beverage service inside the garden area.

“The Campbellton Neighbourhood Association and the community generally have received a lot of support in recent years from the City, from local businesses and from many individual volunteers so we’re excited to have this new opportunity to say thank you for that and to show off the progress we’ve made and the more we still want to make,” said Shaw, who also is branch manager of the Mackie Research Capital Corporation office in the area.

“While participation in Campbellton Day is not mandatory we are hoping that many merchants, businesses and residents will use Campbellton Day as an opportunity to promote themselves and the many positive attributes of their neighbourhood too,” said Shaw, noting the Association is now selling memberships and will be producing an event program, in addition to a feature being prepared by the Campbell River Mirror.

For further information contact Brian Shaw at 250-287-8807.