CONNEAUT — Visitors to Township Park may notice some differences, as D-Day Conneaut prepares the park to host this weekend’s event.
Preparations are ahead of schedule, D-Day Conneaut CEO Betsy Bashore said.
Some tents have already been erected, along with signs, walls, and the event’s stage.
“We’re doing a lot of our public facing stuff,” Bashore said.
The work has been progressing well, Bashore said. “Many hands make lighter work,” she added.
“It’s going real good,” D-Day COO Lori McLaughlin said.
The Port Authority is digging trenches on the park’s beach. The trenches are shallow due to the high water table, but should still provide cover for German reenactors, McLaughlin said.
A number of wooden replicas of anti-tank devices, called “hedgehogs” have already been placed on the beach, as well.
Work was in progress on the Allied parade ground, as well.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasions, and organizers are expecting between 30-40 thousand visitors, McLaughlin said. Twenty-one hundred reenactors have registered for the event, as well, Bashore said in July.
Rain on Tuesday morning meant that cars and trucks couldn’t be driven on the grass at the event, but forecasts for the rest of the week call for good weather, McLaughlin said.
“We have a lot of governmental partners,” McLaughlin said.
During the event itself, Lake Road will be one way.
Parking for veterans and handicapped people will be available at Conneaut High School, with parking for the general public available at Gateway Schools, then, once that is at capacity, at Gateway Plaza, McLaughlin said. There is also parking for those who want to walk on Day Street.
Busses, provided by the Conneaut Area City Schools, will take visitors from the parking lots to the event.
The city of Conneaut will also be doing work to prepare for D-Day this week, including mowing and street sweeping, City Manager Jim Hockaday said at Monday night’s council meeting.