Changes are being made to the rules and route of the Town of Amherst’s Christmas parade.
“We are implementing these changes to help ensure the safety of all,” Police Chief Dwayne Pike, the town’s traffic authority, said. “We do not want a repeat of what happened in Yarmouth, where a young child died last year after falling beneath a float.”
As in past years, the parade will form up on Eddy Street and in the TD Bank parking lot. It will travel along Victoria Street, turn left onto Church Street, then right onto Albion Street. It will then proceed along South Albion Street, but instead of ending in the Amherst Centre Mall Parking lot, it will end in the Kent store parking lot.
Christie Park is undergoing a refurbishment.
The park’s brick wall is having its masonry repaired and strengthened. In addition, new stairs and railings are being installed in the park.
“Christie Park holds a very important historical significance to the Town of Amherst,” said Chelsea Baird, the town’s horticulturalist who is overseeing the project.
Amherst town council ratified its councillor committee appointments during its Oct. 23, 2019, council session.
Mayor David Kogon was appointed to the audit and the regional emergency management committees.
Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie with sit on the audit and planning advisory committees as well as the YMCA Board of Directors and the Amherst Board of Police Commissioners.