Port Haney Day marks history and future

Port Haney Day set for celebrations on Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Port Haney neighbourhood gathers on Haney Wharf next Sunday for Port Haney Day.

It’s the third year for the event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 8.

“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,” says Graeme Ross, in a news release.

Ross is a co-chair of the Port Haney Neighbourhood Change Initiative, which has been working to build the cohesiveness of the area and plan its future.

“We want our neighbourhood association to be fun and our events to celebrate the great assets that we have in the neighbourhood like the Billy and the wharf. We’d like more people to join in the fun.”

The Billy Miner is planning a lemonade stand while there also will be an outdoor marketplace, musical acts and Zumba dancers. Ian Mcleod will provide two historic walking tours, one at 11 a.m. and another at 1 p.m.

The Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association has helped with the planning and the business owners have provided door prizes and handouts.

“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 located 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.

The Port Haney page on Facebook will give celebration updates.

Information can also be obtained from the CEED Centre at 604-463-2229. The

Port Haney Neighbourhood Change Initiative meets monthly from September to June.