LORDA welcomes visitors to its official opening day

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LANSDOWNE — LORDA has officially opened for the season.

A smaller crowd arrived on the recent cool damp opening day to once again enjoy what the Lansdowne Outdoor Recreation Park has to offer.

There was an opportunity to fish at the pond beside the office. There is a catch limit of five per day for each person.

“It’s nice to see people coming back,” LORDA president David Lees Jr. said “Younger people take their families fishing here.”

Three students have been hired for the season and have started work at the park.

Many events were moved indoors, thanks to the barn where maple products are created from sap retrieved from lines.

A barbecue operated over noon hour, while tables were set up inside featuring baked goods, items for a silent auction and a yard sale while various groups provided entertainment.

Event co-ordinator Sue Gostock said she felt uplifted by vendors and musicians who came. Some of them spent the weekend camping at the park.

“It’s nice to see the park opening,” she said. “The musicians donate their time and camp for the weekend. They’re a big help.”

LORDA is open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday throughout the spring, summer and early fall.

The close is the end of September.

Kelly MacPhee casts her fishing rod for trout in the pond at LORDA Park. (Goodwin photo)