GANANOQUE, ON, June 18, 2012 /CNW/ - As of today, residents of Gananoque
and its visitors have access to the newly transformed Joel Stone
Heritage Park, named after the founder of Gananoque, who was also a
local hero of the War of 1812. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament
(Leeds-Grenville), today attended the official unveiling of the Park on
behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
significant events that help us commemorate our history and heritage,"
said Minister Moore. "We invite all Canadians to learn more about the
War of 1812—a defining moment in our country's history—and to take part
in activities and events that pay tribute to our heroes."
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the War, the Gananoque Lions Club chose to enhance and
develop Joel Stone Park, located on the town's waterfront, into an 1812
heritage park. Its features include a bronze diorama representing the
town as it was in 1812, an amphitheatre for small theatrical events,
and the beginning of a one-kilometre 1812 heritage trail.
"Developing the Joel Stone Park into an 1812 heritage park is a very
fitting way to commemorate the War of 1812 and local hero Joel Stone.
He contributed to events that shaped our country as we know it today,
and he deserves to be acknowledged," said Mr. Brown. "It is wonderful
to be here again and to see how the Park has been transformed."
"Colonel Joel Stone, commanding the Gananoque militia, successfully
defended Gananoque during the first raid into Canada by American troops
from Sackets Harbour during the War of 1812," said John MacLeod, Lions
Club Director. "The Joel Stone 1812 Heritage Park has finally become a
reality with the help of the grant from the Government of Canada, along
with funds raised from within the community. This project, initiated by
the Gananoque Lions Club, has seen unprecedented community support from
the Lions, Rotary, Kinsmen, Accommodation Partners, and the Town of
In 2010, the Government of Canada announced that it was providing
funding of $301,800 over three years for the project through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that
present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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