Brandon, MB – The City of Brandon’s Community Services Department is pleased to inform the public that the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Waterfall of Lights display will officially be turned on for the 2018-2019 winter season today at 5 p.m.
The sparkling display of holiday lighting is located immediately west of the City of Brandon’s Community Services Complex on McGregor Avenue. As of this evening, the display will be turned on and will remain lit from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly through the winter season. NO public vehicles are allowed in the direct area of the Power Smart Waterfall of Lights display. The public is encouraged to park in designated areas on McGregor Avenue or Hilton Avenue and walk through the area to view the lights. The City of Brandon Community Services Department asks all members of the public to enjoy the lighting displays at a safe distance and not to walk in areas where power cords are present.
Today also marks the official opening of the Hanbury Hill toboggan hill, located just off Braecrest Drive in Sir Winston Churchill Park. Hanbury Hill’s warm-up gazebo will now be open from the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., while decorative lighting and flood lighting is turned on each evening from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the duration of the season. Other toboggan hills available for public use include ones in Rideau Park and at the Wheat City Golf Course/Recreation Centre, and smaller sliding hills include the 34th Street & Cherry Crescent Sliding Hill and the Parkdale Park Sliding Hill. Due to the construction activity currently underway at the Wheat City Golf Course/Recreation Centre, all members of the public are asked to keep away from all fenced-in areas and watch carefully for heavy machinery coming and going from the area. Families are encouraged to enjoy all the above mentioned free winter recreation offerings; however, the City of Brandon would note that all are unsupervised areas.
Meanwhile, Community Services crews continue preparation on the popular public skating oval along McGregor Avenue, with a tentative ice opening date of Friday, December 14th. The community is asked to respect all signage and barricades as preparation of the oval continues and to stay off the ice surface until it is ready for public use.
For more information on public winter activities provided by the City of Brandon’s Community Services Department, call 204-729-2148