The center field of Canatara Park, site of the Revelree Music Festival. Photo taken by drone, courtesy of David Cooke, inskyphoto.com

Tara Jeffrey

Organizers of this summer’s first Revelree Music Festival are working with City Hall to find a solution to a parking stalemate at Canatara Park.

Organizers had asked the city to close the Animal Farm parking lot and two of the three Canatara Beach parking lots to create paid parking and provide space for staff and volunteers during the July 22-23 festival. .

The city council rejected this idea and asked staff to come up with alternative options.

“The goal of Canatara Park is to be enjoyed by all citizens of the city, with a particular focus on people who cannot afford entertainment venues,” Coun said. Mike Stark, noting the wishes of philanthropist Maud Hanna, whose generosity helped create the park.

Paid concerts and paid parking, he added, were not what Hanna envisioned for Canatara, which “was to be used for the enjoyment of the citizens of Sarnia, free of charge.”

Revelree organizer Scott Palko said all parking fees will go to local charities partnering the event. Organizers are encouraging spectators to reduce traffic by carpooling and finding alternative transportation, he said.

“We just want to communicate to the public – both people who want to use the park and people who are there for the festival – the best places to park based on your use of the park this weekend,” he said. -he declares.

“It’s a safety issue more than anything else.”

The festival, which seats up to 10,000 people each night, includes Blue Rodeo, Red Wanting Blue, Bedouin Soundclash, Donovan Woods, Big Wreck and the Cory James Mitchell Band.