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Busy City


By Fred Wallace


Last Saturday morning, somewhere around 2 am, as Manny Paiva and I returned from a big night of club-hopping in Kitchener, it caught our attention that every Owen Sound hotel-motel was packed.

The parking lot at the Owen Sound Motor Inn was jammed, the Days Inn appeared to be full, the Pinecrest Motel had cars everywhere; same story at the Comfort Inn and the Travelodge.

As we surmised what was going on for the weekend in the city, it struck us that the primary engines for the city's weekend attraction was sports.

Between the annual Slo Pitch tournament and the annual Minor Hockey Fall Classic, space was at a premium everywhere along that stretch of 9th Avenue East.

I think we all agree, a busy city is a good city on every level, including economically.

It would be interesting to compare the take at motels, restaurants, gas stations, and shopping centers from last weekend, compared to other September weekends, or weekends throughout the year.

And to me, it all comes back to our sporting venues.

Duncan McLellan Park, with three exceptional diamonds, plus other fields of choice when the number of teams are staggering, along with the Harry-Lumley Bayshore and the Coliseum for the hockey tournament.

Or tournaments plural.

Ball fields in good shape & a soon to be constructed Rec Complex giving the city three ice pads for hockey, ringette & skating events has to mean bigger and even better tournaments and revenues for the city in the years ahead.

I'm Fred Wallace



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