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By Angela Gemmill
A flotilla of boats will make its way down Ramsey Lake tomorrow night.
The Summer Water Parade will feature 140 participants from partner-clubs: the Sudbury Canoe Club, the Sudbury Rowing Club, the Sudbury Dragon Boat Festival and the City of Sudbury.
Chair of the Centre’s Board, Thomas Merritt, says the 4.3-million dollar centre will provide all the clubs will much needed space to expand.
He says all three have grown to capacity and their programming is limited due to the space.
Merritt says the current boathouse on Elizabeth Street is shoulder-to-shoulder with boats.
Plus there’s no shared space for either training or socializing.
The parade begins at the current boathouse on Elizabeth Street around 5:30pm Wednesday and will flow to where the new Northern Water Sports Centre will be built, near Science North.
The parade is also a chance to launch the Community Capitol Campaign to raise the final $500,000 dollars for the centre.
The facility is expected to begin construction this fall.
The centre has funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and Xstrata Nickel and is waiting to hear back from FedNor.
Merritt hopes the Summer Water Parade becomes an annual event in Sudbury encouraging residents to get excited about the programs offered by the centre.
The parade will feature 3-4 dragon boats, 6-10 rowing shells, canoes, and kayaks.
Merritt encourages all residents to watch from the Boardwalk along Ramsey Lake.