After two years of pandemic restrictions and limitations, Calaway Park is lastly attending to have fun a long-awaited four-decade milestone — however with a twist.
After lacking out on its fortieth celebration final summer time, on Saturday the north Calgary theme park kicked off festivities for its “40+1 Birthday Weekend.”
“We’re having enjoyable as a result of who does that proper,” laughed Calaway Park basic supervisor Bob Williams.
Calaway Park first opened its gates to company again on June 26, 1982, since then it’s doubled in dimension from 16 rides to 32. Whereas final summer time would have marked its fortieth season, any and all celebrations had been placed on maintain because of the pandemic.
“We did get to open in 2020 with a lot of restrictions. In 2021 there have been some restrictions with COVID,” says Williams, who has been an worker with the park for 32 years.
“However you understand, the anniversary is particular, it’s one thing that you’ll want to have fun.”
The primary 750 company on Saturday had been handled to a commemorative cookie to kick off the weekend celebration. The park may even host scavenger hunts in addition to the primary exhibiting of its newest on-stage efficiency, Younger Ceaselessly.
“It’s a enjoyable track and dance present with some younger performers which might be all about staying younger at coronary heart. It’s very on-brand for Calaway Park,” stated leisure director Chris Thompson.
Thompson was employed by the park as a performer whereas in highschool at simply 16 years previous. Now, 32 years later, he’s nonetheless bringing the magic to the parks stage.
“For me, being part of so a lot of these years and seeing a lot progress occur on the park over these years and being part of that, I’m simply actually happy with this firm. I’m happy with all of the individuals I’ve labored with and happy with myself for having an influence all these years,” stated Thompson.
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The park wasn’t alone in celebrating a milestone.
Medication Hat resident Dale Lloyd’s go to to Calaway Park on Saturday was a private milestone.
“First time we got here, we introduced our two daughters and now we’re again right here with our granddaughters,” he stated.
“It’s form of surreal. You consider them (our daughters) and you consider the little ones now, it’s an important expertise for them.”
William says it’s tales like Lloyd’s which have given him essentially the most pleasure throughout his three many years with the corporate.
“The tales and experiences from the company are what it’s all about, and it’s about that have and that’s what we draw from it. (I) find it irresistible, each minute of it.“
Calaway Park wraps up its birthday celebration on Sunday.