MEDIA ALERT - Cultural and Historic Toronto Landmark Ireland Park Set to Re-Open to Public

TORONTO, July 15, 2014 /CNW/ - At 10:30 a.m. today Ireland Park will re-open to the public after three years of being fenced off to facilitate dock wall repairs and the creation of a new pedestrian promenade. A ceremony will be held at Ireland Park to commemorate the occasion.

WHAT:     

Opened in 2007, Ireland Park is a public space created to commemorate the arrival of more than 38,000 Irish famine immigrants who arrived in Toronto over the course of a six months period during 1847. The park features five bronze sculptures, created by renowned Irish artist Rowan Gillespie, which depict the immigrants' arrival in Toronto, in addition to large-scale limestone and glass sculptures created to reflect the landscape and environmental elements of Ireland.   



WHY:       

Ireland Park will re-open to the public after more than three years of being fenced off due to much-needed waterside dock wall repairs and the construction of a new pedestrian promenade. Much has been written about the park's closure and this event will celebrate the re-opening and provide information on the future of this important site and other projects underway from the Ireland Park Foundation.  



WHO:     

Robert Kearns, Chairman and Founder, Ireland Park Foundation


Raymond Bassett, Irish Ambassador to Canada, Bahamas and Jamaica


Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly, City of Toronto 


Joe Pennachetti, City Manager, City of Toronto 



WHEN:     

Tuesday, June 15, 2014


10:30 a.m.



WHERE:  

Ireland Park, Eireann Quay at the base of Bathurst Street adjacent the Canada Malting Silos. Access on east side of park at the base of Portland slip.

 

About Ireland Park Foundation
Ireland Park Foundation raised $3.5 million to build Ireland Park on the southeast corner of Eireann Quay to commemorate the Irish famine immigrants who arrived in Toronto in 1847. Opened in 2007, Ireland Park was designed by Jonathan M. Kearns of Kearns Mancini Architects and features bronze sculptures by Irish artist Rowan Gillespie together with large-scale limestone and glass sculptural installations. The vision for the Ireland Park Foundation is to tell the story of Toronto itself through one of its largest communities to help forge the ongoing relationship between Canada and Ireland through cultural and historic events and the building of public commemorative spaces.

SOURCE Ireland Park Foundation

For further information: Media Contact: Deborah Wilson; 416-272-9237; irelandparkfoundation@outlook.com.