You will be able to enjoy the Christmas lights in Riverside Park a little longer this year. The town’s decided to keep the lights on until March instead of the first week of January when they normally go off to give everyone a boost through the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Dave Plourde says the feedback on the lights has been overwhelming.

“I’ve heard from many many residents how beautiful the lights are in the park this year and many calls about the video that was streamed on Facebook indicating they loved the lights in the park. It really brings the spirit of Christmas to everybody who is going through something a little different this year.”

Plourde says it’s been a team effort to get the lights up.

“I’m really proud to say the staff did a great job in decorating and also a shout out to hydro crews who came to help out staff and hang the lights. That’s unbelievable that we have that kind of support in town.”

The lights were turned on virtually last week by Mayor Plourde instead of a major celebration due to public health protocols.  Meantime, the new skating rink at the park is nearly complete. Members of the Kapuskasing Fire Department along with town staff have been busy flooding it with water. You are asked to let the water freeze for 24 hours before using the rink and all public health guidelines must be followed.