Port Haney wharf will be brought to life this Sunday by neighbourhood residents and businesses.
The Port Haney neighbourhood is celebrating in style this September to mark its third year of bringing a great place back to life.
Port Haney Day will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the wharf in Port Haney.
“We’ll celebrate the revitalization of the neighbourhood right at the original focal point, the wharf. It’s a spectacular setting for a festival that brings people together to enjoy good food, music and performances and an outdoor market,” said Graeme Ross.
Ross is a co-chair of the Port Haney Neighbourhood Change Initiative, which has been working to connect the residents of the neighbourhood to each other.
“The idea [of Port Haney Day] is to continue to build community pride and spirit,” Ross said. He would like people to get to know the “great assets” in the area like the Billy Miner Pub and the wharf.
Event organizer Kimberly Lauzon is contacting vendors and artisans to fill out the outdoor marketplace.
“It’ll be a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon by the water,” she said. “We’ve arranged for some interesting booths to showcase their wares. There’ll also be an idea centre. It’ll be a colourful board on which people can record their ideas for the neighbourhood. We’d really like a strong turnout so we can collect input for further improvements.”
The organizers have also lined up a number of music and Zumba dancers.
The residents of Port Haney are a diverse and eclectic group of people according to Christian Cowley, another event organizer.
“We’ll be drawing on the extensive Port Haney knowledge of Ian Mcleod for the historic walking tours, one at 11 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. He relates a fascinating tale of the former glory of the area and its citizens. There are a number of heritage buildings still in use in the neighbourhood,” Cowley said.
The businesses of the neighbourhood are a vital part of the celebration, too.
The Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association has helped with the planning and the business owners have provided door prizes and handouts for people attending.
“We have hundreds of prizes to distribute during the celebration,” says Hari Pal, a member of the Neighbourhood Change Initiative. “The businesses have donated more than $8,000 worth of goods, services and cash for the event.”
The first two Port Haney Day celebrations were sited at Haney House at the bottom of 224th Street.
This year, the main events will take place at the wharf, but Haney House will be open for public tours from 1 to 4 p.m.
This museum provides an intimate glance into daily life in early Maple Ridge. The museum will be providing another display down at the wharf to cast more light on the early days of the port.
Ross and the other organizers are looking forward to seeing a good turnout to the celebration.
“It will be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to share ideas on how we can make our community even better,” he said.
For more information, go to the Port Haney page on Facebook or contact the CEED Centre at 604-463-2229.
The Port Haney Neighbourhood Change Initiative meets monthly from September to June.
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