Oshawa celebrating centennial with event-filled party Friday


Published March 6, 2024 at 10:03 am

A drone shot of the Strumbellas closing last year's Convergence Music & Art Festival in downtown Oshawa

Oshawa is having a centennial birthday party Friday, with the community invited to help the city celebrate.

The festivities will be kicked off with an official 100+ Anniversary Celebration event (10 a.m. to noon), free swimming and skating throughout the day and a commemorative flag raising at 3 p.m.

Oshawa has been around a lot longer than 100 years but on March 8, 1924, with a population of 15,000, Oshawa was officially declared a city. With a current population of some 180,000 there might not be enough cake to go around but the City promises plenty to do Friday, from the morning community celebration to the free arena and pool activities (sponsored by Oshawa Power) from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at five different recreation facilities across the city.

The party, emceed by Mayor Dan Carter, will be live streamed, with speeches, a little history and performances from arts and culture organizations.

The free leisure swimming will be at the Civic Recreation Complex (2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Delpark Homes Centre (2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and South Oshawa Recreation Centre (1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.).

Free skating will be at Delpark (10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.), Donevan Arena (9 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.) and Harman Park Arena (6 p.m. 7:50 p.m.).

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