ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS
After last year’s St. Patrick Day celebration on Ezra Street and uptown neighbourhoods, it became very clear that we need to try something new. More than 8,000 students gathered and we know as a community that we are concerned about the safety of the event. This year we are trying a different approach. In a collaborative effort,the City of Waterloo (including fire services and municipal enforcement), Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS), Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), WLU Students’ Union (WLUSU), University of Waterloo (UW), UW Feds (Feds), Region of Waterloo EMS (EMS), have come together to develop a plan to ensure the safety of those participating in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The St. Patrick’s Day Party Smart. Party Safe Pilot project includes a massive communication plan focused on educational awareness campaign, and a tent party at 99 Seagram Drive. The party will be managed, executed and promoted by an external team. The priorities of the city are to keep the students safe and in a protected area. To remind students that they have neighbours that are not students. What is legal and what is not. The police and bylaw will take a firm but fair approach to policing throughout the day. The goal is ensure that traffic continues to flow on Ezra, Albert and Seagram Avenue.
There is no perfect solution for St. Patrick’s Day, however I applaud the collaborate effort and proactive approach. The City will monitor the success of this pilot project with the universities and the police. We want to from the neighbourhood and community too. Email me or book a meeting. Let’s talk about this.