Former Scott property to be used as concert venue for anniversary event
PARRSBORO – A derelict property will become the centerpiece of Parrsboro’s 125th anniversary celebrations next year.
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Parrsboro town councillor Lisa Ward is part of a commitete making plans for Parrsboro's 125h anniversary celebrations next year, including the creation of an outdoor concert venue at the former Scott property on Two Islands Road.
A planning committee has received the go-ahead from town council to move forward with plans that will see the former Scott property on Two Islands Road become a concert venue for a special event planned for August of 2014.
“That’s how towns are making it, by holding festivals,” said town councillor Lisa Ward, who is heading up the planning committee with fellow councillor Ron Shaw.
“We haven’t confirmed any musicians or anything like that yet, but we want to have it all cleared, and the stage erected,” said Ward. “We’re also looking at the same time, if possible, to have an outdoor walking track around the perimeter of it, so that way it can be continuously used.”
The existing paved area at the property would be used for parking, while the stage and performance area would be located behind it, she explained. The skateboard park would be left as is in the area closer to the aboiteau, while room would also be left for other long-discussed ideas for the property, such as housing units and a sewage treatment plant.
The outdoor stage would be designed so that it can be taken down and set up again for future events, according to Ward.
“We’re hoping every year to have a festival on the last weekend of August, even though the town’s birthday is actually July 15,” she said.
The area’s current available accommodations would be enough to serve the crowd expected in the first year, according to Ward, who said the event will be for both locals and visitors to take part in.
“Foremost always comes the local people, and for them to be able to celebrate and be proud of their community being in existence for 125 years,” she said. “But this is also to attract people into the area to help local businesses as well, whether it’s the bed and breakfasts, the restaurants or the gift shops.”
The town has committed to have the property cleared by fall of this year.
The 125th anniversary planning committee meets regularly and is seeking more members. Anyone interested can contact Ron Shaw or Lisa Ward.
Shaw said early response from people in town both young and old has been very positive and encouraging.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of people coming on board, wanting to help. They’re very up for it.”
They are excited about the idea of celebrating the anniversary, particularly with an outdoor musical event, according to Shaw, who said he has heard no negative feedback on the idea.
“If we’re going to do tourism and related things, we have to keep on it,” he said.