Island Lake with blades of green grass in the front on a nice sunny day

Canadian flag returns to Orangeville's east entrance

The flag at Dragonfly Park will be raised on February 15 – National Flag of Canada Day --  as part of Canada 150 celebrations. Expect some pomp and circumstance for the return of Orangeville’s flag at noon on Wednesday. The Sandhill Pipes & Drums band will join the Orangeville Legion’s Colour Party, members of the public and local officials to welcome the Canadian flag’s return to the site at 15A Town Line.

The flagpole at Orangeville’s east entrance was removed in August of 2015 after scheduled maintenance revealed structural and mechanical issues due to corrosion. Subsequently, Councillor Nick Garisto and Paul Korsten of the East End Flagpole & Beautification Committee embarked on a community campaign that raised $18,997 for the new flagpole project. The base and 80-foot flagpole were installed at Dragonfly Park in December of 2016. Over the years, the flag has become an Orangeville landmark due to its prominent location and its size – 15 by 30 feet. The total cost of the project is $32,536 – funded by donations, in-kind support, and the Town.

Schools have been invited to join in the February 15 flag raising and to take part in the national “Share your moment with the flag challenge”, using hashtags #CanadianFlag  and  #OrangevilleFlagDay.

The flag-raising event will be an opportunity for the Town to express appreciation to the many businesses and individuals who donated funds to the project. A plaque will be unveiled this summer to commemorate the community support to the flagpole initiative.

Parking is limited at the site, in the lot off Town Line, so additional parking is being offered at the Train Station. A shuttle bus, provided by First Student, will leave the train station parking lot at 11:45 a.m. to drop people off at the entrance to Dragonfly Park.

The Parks and Recreation Department has organized flag-related activities. Students are being asked to create their own flag or Canada 150 artwork and to send a photo to Lisa Headley via email at lheadley@orangeville.ca so it can be shared on the Town's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

From February 6-10, flag arts and craft activities are available in the lobby at Alder Recreation Centre and the artwork will be displayed within Alder. For information please contact Lisa Headley, Health and Lifestyle Co-ordinator with the Parks and Recreation Department.

On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Every year since 1996, when Parliament declared February 15th as National Flag of Canada Day, we celebrate our beautiful flag.

In 2017, the National Flag of Canada is celebrating its 52nd anniversary. Take part in the “Share your moment with the Flag Challenge” by posting a picture or video of you with the flag and inspire others to do the same! #canadianflag.