Fort Coulonge June 23, 2023
On Friday, Le Patro held its annual open house showcasing its facility to the public and celebrating Saint-Jean-Baptiste.
According to Suzie Lavigne, director of Le Patro, this longstanding tradition began the year they opened in 1996. Lavigne explained that it is an opportunity for people to come together and enjoy themselves even after the school year has ended.
Lavigne said that due to the flood during the spring, Le Patro had to remain closed for two weeks. Despite the difficulties this posed, the staff persevered and ensured that the open house would be a success. The staff even had to navigate the property by boat until the water receded.
“It’s a new beginning! We’re starting a new year, and we hope for the best,” said Lavigne, emphasizing the optimistic outlook that prevailed at Le Patro.
Le Patro was decorated with blue and white Fleur-de-Lis balloons as children ran and played under the watchful eye of their parents and Le Patro staff.
The day was oriented towards children with activities such as face painting, bouncy castles, arts and crafts and an outdoor arcade. For those trying to escape the heat, the water-slide, river trampoline and splash pad were open and kayaks and pedal boats were available to use.
Le Patro will be hosting its summer camp for eight weeks starting Monday, June 26 and lasting until August 18.
Lavinge says they are working towards being open on weekends, which would allow the community to enjoy all the facility has to offer.
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