June 27, 2018

Changes to the 2018 Canada Day Activities in Wascana Park

As a result of the unpermitted camp set up in Wascana Park, the Canada Day Committee will be moving all activities from the West Lawn to the north side of Wascana Lake on Canada Day.  Western Canada’s Strongman Competition, the 21 Gun Salute and the Plywood Cup will remain on the south side of the lake.

On three separate occasions, the Provincial Capital Commission (PCC) has officially requested that the Regina Police Service enforce the law and remove the structures.  PCC has bylaws in place that prohibit overnight camping, placement of structures and burning wood and other combustibles.  These bylaws are in place to ensure safety and security for all who enjoy Wascana Park.

“It is disappointing that last minute changes are necessary to an event that requires year-round planning because of an unpermitted and illegal protest,” PCC Executive Director Carrie Ross said.  “We have bylaws and permits in place to ensure Wascana Park is available for everyone to use in a safe manner, and we are again asking the Regina Police Service to enforce the law.”

The Canada Day celebration is organized by a non-profit group called the Canada Day Committee.  The celebration involves hundreds of volunteers and is attended by more than 25,000 guests each year.  The annual event has run uninterrupted in Wascana Park for at least 40 years.