Pembroke pleased with SnoSpree 2018, calls it a 'smashing success'
Barrelling down Mother House Sliding Hill Sunday was 10-year-old MacKenzie Hepburn as Pembroke SnoSpree closed out with a sliding party hosted by the Knights of Columbus and Carefor.
Pembroke is celebrating the success of SnoSpree 2018.
In a press release, Ron Conroy, parks and recreation manager, said the city is happy to announce the winter carnival, which wrapped up Sunday, was a smashing success within the community.
He said a wide ranging group of local residents, both young and old, went out to enjoy the winter fun at the variety of indoor and outdoor events.
“Participation within the community was incredible to see, as each event was well-attended and many exceeded expectations,” Conway said.
Friday night’s family movie night saw hundreds from the area join together at Festival Hall to watch Coco, raising plenty of donations for local food banks in the process, while on Saturday hundreds of children flocked to Algonquin College for SnoSpree Central to enjoy the games and entertainment provided Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, the Polar Bear Dip featured 22 jumpers who raised close to $7,000 for the Pembroke and Laurentian Valley Handi-Bus, led by Pembroke city councillor Christine Reavie, and they were cheered on by more than 100 spectators gathered at the Marina. The Kids Ice Fishing Derby organized by Pembroke’s firefighters saw 90 children and their families taking part at the waterfront.
Conway said SnoSpree 2018 would not have been possible without the support from community partners in HGS, KI Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 72, and Kings Sports.
Additionally, support given to events throughout the weekend by the Pembroke Business Improvement Area, the Pembroke Professional Fire Fighters Association, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, the Pembroke Public Library, The Children’s Garden, EarlyON, and the Pembroke Lumber Kings helped to improve the week’s festivities, he said.
Conway said the work put in by Pembroke’s service clubs and charitable groups, including the Civitan Club, the Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Carefor, and the Boys and Girls Club each went a long way as these individuals and groups continue to give back to the community.
“We are ecstatic to have been a part of another year of winter wonder at SnoSpree. Events like these would not exist without the support from the community in both co-ordination and participation,” he said.
“SnoSpree 2018 was an icy blast, and now we look forward to what 2019’s winter carnival will bring.”