SPRINGHILL – There’s high hopes Springhill’s annual Christmas Parade will wrap up in traditional fashion.
“It looks like for parade night it will end at the community centre,” Leisure Services Director Jonathan Darnbrough said Monday. “We’re hoping to have a portion of the building open by parade night and to start getting some things happenings again.”
The Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre has been closed since Wednesday of last week after a fire in a men’s washroom shut down the building. While contained to a limited area, the air quality of the building needed to be inspected to determine if key areas were safe for the public access. Darnbrough says that process has taken place and everything should be ready for parade night. The Springhill Fire Department had volunteered its station as a back up.
A lot of effort has gone into the parade, where more than 40 floats and entrants will line up on Princess Street Thursday night. Among them will include Springhill’s Public Works employees, who will be collecting non-perishable food donations from the public during the parade in partnership with the Salvation Army for the local food bank.