Canal Days Festival Begins / Jury Pool Renovations

By John W. Davis

June 18, 2010 Updated Jun 8, 2010 at 11:19 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The poor economy almost canceled the 15th annual Canal Days festival. Organizers say a special community partnership made this year's festival possible.

Canal Days is New Haven's largest festival, and community leaders are willing to do whatever it takes to keep it that way.

Last year, the New Haven - Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department stepped up to help fund the festival.

This year, the parks and recreation department is stepping up again, footing a hefty insurance bill.

The partnership has save the Canal Days festival about $10,000 dollars in upfront costs, essentially keeping the festival afloat.

The event's president says he's even planning on turning a profit which will be split 50/50 with the New Haven - Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department.

Meanwhile many debates, Jury Park and Pool renovations are finally moving forward in New Haven.

Construction will begin Wednesday, June 9.

The $3.6 million dollar project will be completed and open to the public by the Summer of 2011.

"It's an important part of our park system. We've got a great plan. I think people are going to be very excited when it's completed. It's something we need to help generate revenue that we need to operate. We're excited to get it completed," said New Haven - Adams Township Parks & Recreation Superintendent Mike Clendenen.

Canal days runs Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

On Saturday morning, Canal Days will host a downtown parade at 11 a.m.

Rides and food vendors will be open on Saturday from noon until 10 p.m.

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