Three community projects taking place at The Flats this summer

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By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Two dozen vendors will be setting up shop at Milt Dunnell Field, the new home of the St. Marys Farmers' Market.

The Farmers Market was originally located in a small parking lot on Jones Street but was relocated to the large parking lot at Delmar Foods Food Factory Outlet after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kelly Deeks-Johnson, Tourism and Economic Development Manager for the Town, told members of St. Marys Council that Public Works is working on several summer activities for 'The Flats', the biggest being the Farmers' Market. Deeks-Johnson noted that if all goes well, the move will likely become permanent. The Town will work with the Market on increased promotion and work will begin shortly on expanding the parking area with more gravel and moving large rocks to increase space for vendors.

Two other programs are in the works for Milt Dunnell Field this summer including The Yak Shack and the St. Marys Picnic Project.

Working with the St. Marys Public Library, the Town looks to open a free kayaking service. Individuals with a valid driver's license will be able to borrow a key from the Library to unlock a kayak and related equipment for recreational use on the Thames River. The kayaks will be community-donated, the storage facility will be built by the St. Marys D.C.V.I shop class, and the St. Marys Building Center is offering an advantageous price on materials.

Public Works is also providing 16 picnic tables as part of a community art project. Residents can sign up to paint an art project on one of the picnic tables which will then be placed at both Milt Dunnell Field and Cadzow Park. Staff have applied for a grant from the Stratford Community Foundation to help fund the project and will explore partnerships with local eateries to provide a picnic meal throughout the season as part of the project.

Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, St. Marys Independent