In what has become a June tradition, the Evergreen Avenue Committee is planning a dedication ceremony for Saturday, Sept. 22 , 11:00 a.m. at Victoria Park. Seven additional memorial granite stones will be added along the pathway to commemorate veterans, community builders and other special people. Three names are being added to the Cenotaph at the northwest corner of Beckwith St. S and Canal Streets.
Several memorial stones at the east end of the walkway were removed in advance of the construction to replace the combine lock’s hydraulic gates and repair the basin walls. The memorial stones should be reinstalled by the celebration date, along with the new stones. The ceremony was originally set for June 3, but was advanced to ensure the construction, landscaping and other preparations at the park are complete.
Besides being a memorial walkway, Evergreen Avenue uses native trees and shrubs to encourage residents to use native plants in their own yards to create resilience and counteract climate change. This connection is described in an interpretive panel installed by REAL in 2016 at the west end of the walkway near the Tourist Information Centre.
Family of those being honoured will receive personal invitations to the ceremony, but everyone is welcome to attend.
Read Laurie Weir’s Metroland Media story announcing the commemoration.