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Watertown will host eclipse viewing event in Thompson Park

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Thousands of out-of-town visitors are expected to converge on Thompson Park on the day of the total eclipse to experience lasting memories of the sky darkening and to see the shadow of the moon.

“It’s going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Mayor Sarah V. Compo Pierce said.

On April 8, the city will host a viewing party, Total Eclipse of the Park, in Thompson Park for solar spectators coming from all over the country.

With such an influx of visitors, Corey C. Fram, director of the Thousands Islands International Tourism Council, said the city can’t get a much better marketing opportunity than hosting the eclipse.

Although it’s April and not the best time for the weather, Watertown “can impress” eclipse visitors by showing off its beautiful park, that it has 1,200 hotel rooms and it offers quality dining, he said.

“By being a good host, it’s allowing the city to invite those people back,” he said.

For more than a year, a group of local officials and volunteers in Watertown have been planning the Thompson Park event.

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