Seven new community gardens are being unveiled in Charlottetown this summer as part of the City of Charlottetown’s annual neighbourhood socials.
The gardens are spread throughout the city and each one is dedicated to a PEI Father of Confederation.
"This is one of our legacy projects for 2014 as we celebrate the 1864 Charlottetown Conference and the Birthplace of Confederation," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "Thanks to PEI 2014 funding, we were able to make it possible for each of the seven city neighbourhoods to have a legacy garden – a place families where can go to meet, reflect and enjoy their time together."
The socials and garden unveilings include a BBQ, strawberries and ice cream, bingo, musical entertainment and children’s activities. Residents of each neighbourhood are welcome to participate in the event planned for their community.
Gardens are located outside at the West Royalty Community Centre, Hillsborough Park Community Centre, Centennial Park, J. Frank MacAulay Park, Malcolm J. Darrach Park, Highfield Park, and Queen Elizabeth Park.
"We are pleased to see that the PEI 2014 Fund is helping to beautify Island communities, while providing opportunities for Islanders to help shape the PEI 2014 celebrations," said Minister of Tourism and Culture, Robert Henderson. "The new community gardens in Charlottetown will be a wonderful legacy of the PEI 2014 celebrations and will provide a beautiful space for families and friends to gather for many years to come."
Each garden includes a boulder with a plaque inscription about a PEI Father of Confederation, benches, floral and shrubbery displays and fully accessible walkways.
"This has been a special year for PEI with celebrations held all over the Island to mark the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference," said Deputy Mayor Stu MacFadyen, Chair of the City’s Economic Development and Culture Committee. "We’re happy to be able to have a permanent reminder in each neighbourhood of this exciting year and of the role that Charlottetown played in the creation of our great nation. We encourage residents in each neighbourhood to join us at the event planned for their community."
Posters for the neighbourhood socials and signature garden unveiling events have been distributed to the individual communities. More information is available on the City’s event calendar at: www.charlottetown.ca
City of Charlottetown
Photo cutlines (Patricia Bourque photos):
"076" – Councillor Cecil Villard, PEI Father of Confederation Thomas Heath Haviland (Confederation Player), Councillor Jason Coady, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee, MLA for West Royalty-Springvale Bush Dumville, and PEI Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis at garden unveiling in West Royalty.
"092" - MLA for West Royalty-Springvale Bush Dumville, Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee, PEI Father of Confederation Thomas Heath Haviland (Confederation Player), PEI Lieutenant Governor H. Frank Lewis and MP Sean Casey and his wife Kathleen at garden unveiling in West Royalty.