Ambridge Council President Michael Mikulich said borough officials aren’t pleased about the annual Nationality Days festival moving out of town on this milestone year.
“It’s unfortunate that Ambridge Nationality Days is moving to Harmony Township for its 50th anniversary.”
The chamber had considered cancelling the May 15-17 event after plans to move from Merchant Street to the parking lot of St. Mary’s church on Park Road didn’t seem viable due to ongoing sewage construction.
Mikulich said the location—with the roads torn up and people walking around—turned out to be impractical compared to what they previously thought in regards to public safety.
Council tabled a motion last month to approve parking restrictions for Nationality Days on Park Road due to unforeseen issues related to the sewer project in town.
Mikulich said he tried to persuade the chamber to keep the cultural celebration on Merchant Street this year, even if they had to downsize to two blocks between Sixth and Eighth streets. He said he was told it would be too costly with the need for generators.
Mikulich said PJ Caul Park at Merchant and 11th streets was also offered as an option. Ambridge, as in years past, would have closed off the streets, provided police protection and the use of public works for the sweeper and trash clean-up, he said.
“Our chamber voted otherwise and that’s their choice…,” Mikulich said. “I still believe it can be done on Merchant Street but they don’t want it there, so what are you going to do? It’s their function.”
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