The annual Canada Day celebration at Borden Park has been cancelled.
The event has been held in the north Edmonton community since 2008. The cancellation was announced on the event’s Facebook page.
“Unfortunately due to a lack of volunteers and resources, the North Edmonton Canada Day Celebration has been cancelled this year,” the post read. “We appreciate your past support.”
The news came as a shock to some area residents.
“It's going to suck for a lot of people ‘cause I know a lot of people that go there and now that there isn't anything there, it's going to make a lot of people sad,” said Carter Oltmans, 10.
“I was kind of shocked to hear it, because I thought this would be a great place to have it.” said Rosa Bull.
Yvonne Cioran with the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues lives in the area. She believes the loss of the community celebration creates a gap.
“I think that Borden Park was more of a family thing, it was during the day, there was lots of space so you could sit and put out a blanket, and just enjoy,” she said.
The celebration was organized by MLA Peter Sandhu and Coun. Tony Caterina.
Caterina confirmed the cancellation with CBC News Thursday night but was unable to do an interview.