It’s going to be a busy weekend in Regina with Canada Day celebrations and the Saskatchewan Roughriders first regular season home game. It seems most people have plans for the first long weekend of the summer; the Regina Police Service wants Regina residents to know police also have plans for this weekend with public safety in mind. Whether you are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, acknowledging Indigenous peoples’ 12-thousand year history in this land, or simply cheering on the “Green and White”, residents and visitors to Regina are encouraged to celebrate with respect for their own safety and the safety of others.
Wascana Centre will be a hub of activity on Saturday, Canada Day. The Regina Police Service will have an increased police presence at the park, which includes both uniformed and plain-clothes officers. Our officers will work closely with event staff, hired private security, and about 100 volunteers to ensure Canada’s birthday party in Regina is fun and safe for all. Members of the public are asked to do their part by reviewing safety plans with children, driving and parking safely and legally, locking vehicles, securing their property and respecting other peoples’ property. Motorists: please follow direction with respect to road closures and be especially attentive to pedestrians, who may be distracted by the sights and sounds of Canada Day celebrations. If you are celebrating with an alcoholic beverage (or two) please have a designated driver or some other safe ride home. If you’re travelling to and from the Rider game, please consider using the free transit services available. The new Football Express transit route can be found at regina.ca/football-express.
Please note that College Avenue from Albert Street to Scarth Street will be closed in the evening so that buses coming from Mosaic Stadium can drop off patrons to watch the fireworks. The Northbound lanes of Albert Street from McCallum Avenue to College Avenue will be closed all day (for emergency vehicle traffic only – southbound lanes will be two-way traffic during the day) and all four lanes of Albert Street from McCallum Avenue to College Avenue will be closed in the evening during the fireworks.
Let’s make Canada’s 150th Birthday a memorable event for all the right reasons! Happy Canada Day!