The Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC) and its partners unveiled the legacy project of the City of Charlottetown’s 1864 Anniversary Celebrations at a special ceremony held on Friday, June 13.
The Historic Hillsborough River Commons, located at the Charlottetown Event Grounds, is a beautiful park-like setting created through a partnership between CADC, the City of Charlottetown, Canadian Heritage, PEI 2014 Inc., the Charlottetown Harbour Authority and Downtown Charlottetown Inc.
The Historic Commons was designed to share the pivotal role that Prince Edward Island and the City of Charlottetown played in confederation.
"The Historic Hillsborough River Commons project is the first step to redevelop this very important gateway into the City of Charlottetown," said CADC General Manager Ron Waite. "CADC is very pleased to be part of this great beautification project."
The Historic Commons has several components, including: a large sign welcoming people into the city, interpretative panels that tell the story of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, a spectacular piece of public art, decorative wrought iron fencing, flag poles, benches and inviting landscaped and paving stone areas.
The art was commissioned by CADC and awarded to two Island Artists, Gerald Beaulieu and Ahmon Katz. The artists collaborated on the piece for the past six months.
"The City of Charlottetown is proud to have played a role in the creation of the Historic Hillsborough River Commons, especially during 2014 as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference and the birthplace of Confederation," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee. "We fully expect the design, flow and location of the Historic commons, and its surrounding trails and green space, to appeal to community members even when there isn’t an event or festival at the Event Grounds. As Mayor of Charlottetown, I hope our citizens take advantage of this beautiful site. The Charlottetown Area Development Corporation has done a fantastic job of bringing our collective dream for this space into reality."
The unveiling event for the Historic Commons was a true community celebration. It included live music, a barbeque, fresh mussels, balloon twisters, face painting, cake and a special opening ceremony with: The Honourable H. Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of PEI; His Worship Clifford Lee, Charlottetown Mayor; Richard Brown, MLA for Charlottetown-Victoria Park (on behalf of The Honourable Robert Ghiz, PEI Premier); Ron Waite, CADC General Manager; Island Artists, Gerald Beaulieu and Ahmon Katz; and many others.
"The Historic Hillsborough River Commons will be an important legacy of the PEI 2014 celebrations," said MLA for Charlottetown – Victoria Park Richard Brown on behalf of Premier Robert Ghiz. "The installation will serve as a beautiful gateway for visitors to the Birthplace of Confederation, and will give visitors and Islanders alike an opportunity to learn about the important role the city and the province played in the formation of this great country."
The Historic Commons unveiling is part of the City of Charlottetown’s 1864 Anniversary Celebrations – a six-day festival that continues until June 15. For the full schedule of 1864 Week events, visit: www.charlottetown.ca/1864week.php
For more information on the Charlottetown Area Development Corporation, visit: http://cadcpei.com/
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