Public advised of traffic flow ahead of popular community events


(Fort McMurray, AB, May 31, 2013) – The community is advised of upcoming temporary changes to traffic flow and parking availability ahead of a series of key events taking place at MacDonald Island Park over the next two weekends.

On Sunday, June 2 Northern Lights Triathlon Club brings its annual Kids of Steel event to MacDonald Island Park. Kids of Steel, which has drawn close to 300 participants this year and incorporates swimming, cycling, and running, will temporarily close the parking lot directly in front of the main entrance of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre (with the exception of the parking for persons with disabilities).

“We are tremendously excited for what looks like a record year for the Kids of Steel event,” said Jodie Mercier, General Manager of Sport and Recreation at MacDonald Island Park. “At the same time, we want to make sure the community is aware of traffic flow and parking availability as hundreds of children have a great time and build healthy habits at Kids of Steel.”

The aforementioned section of the parking lot will remain closed from 6:00 am until 3:00 pm on June 2, while the incoming two lanes on C.A. Knight Way will be closed during this time.

Set up for Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! presented by Mix 103.7 FM begins on Friday, June 7 for the June 8-9 event, which will see over 75 teams and hundreds of players of all ages descend on MacDonald Island Park for the world’s largest street tournament of any kind. Outgoing lanes on C.A. Knight Way will be closed for the duration of the event, while incoming lanes on will become two-way traffic.

Other events at MacDonald Island Park on the weekend of June 7-9 include:

  • June 7: Cat n’ Dog Tournament at Miskanaw Golf Club
  • June 8: Cumulative Environment Management Association (CEMA) Dinosaur Fossil Exhibition & BBQ
  • June 8-9: Miskanaw Golf Club Men’s Open Championship
  • June 8-9: Regional Emergency Services Scott FireFit Championships

“Anyone that has participated or attended Play On! over the last two years knows just how special an event it is for young people and their families,” said Mercier. “This year should be our best year yet in terms of attendance and we thank the community and all of our partners for helping us set the stage for Play On! and the variety of events taking place at the Island.”


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