I walked Lamoureux Park one day last week, as many do every day.
Kids on the play structure, biking, walking, jogging and even the odd kite flyer make good use of the scenic paths and grounds. While reading recently the SD & G Historical Society joined with an Irish Memorial Committee to highlight another group that helped form Cornwall, I thought this could be great. But that walk showed me this park is already trying to do too much.
That Memory Lane brick path with engraved names is in dire need of some landscaping care and replacement bricks. Even the Mill Bell does not have the presentation it deserves anymore.
People could easily be fooled into thinking it was a Francophone who founded Cornwall, as that monument is very dramatic compared to the minor presentation cairn with a plaque dedicated to the United Empire Loyalist who did found Cornwall, but is almost hidden.
The placement of a Celtic cross is a good idea and should go ahead; I just wonder what kind of look this park is going to have as other groups want recognition. Of course, continued maintenance of these individual sites should be addressed and some way to display and link the common history, recent or not. We can and should celebrate the individual, because it could be best for all, although upon occasion all taxpayers need to chip in for upkeep, so these committees should be expected to create a small reserve.
A reserve fund that will help with continued maintenance and keeping the story alive.
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