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Sackville awarded $150,000 for Canada 150 projects

Sculpture to commemorate George Stanley is one of six installations


Published on July 11, 2017

A life-size sculpture of Canadian flag designer George Stanley will be erected in downtown Sackville as part of several special legacy projects thanks to $150,000 in provincial funding. In addition, a new flagpole and Canadian flag will be installed by his grave, along with a cairn. Above, Stanley’s gravesite was recently adorned with several Canadian flags for Canada Day.

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville will mark Canada’s 150th with several special legacy projects in 2017, thanks to a $150,000 boost from the provincial government.

Ranging from a life-size sculpture of Canadian flag designer George Stanley to a new addition to Sackville’s skateboard park, the six projects were awarded funding under a community development program to commemorate Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Municipalities with populations of between 4,000 and 25,000 were eligible to apply for funding, provided by the New Brunswick Regional Development Corporation, for beautification projects that would contribute to a vibrant and attractive downtown.

Jamie Burke, senior manager of corporate projects for the town, said the six installations will serve as the focal points of an integrated, guided walking tour. This walk will “tie them all together” and showcase some of Sackville’s most significant historic components with a few modern elements mixed in.

Burke said one of the main goals behind the Canada 150 funding was for municipalities to enrich their downtown while celebrating the anniversary. Town staff came up with a handful of projects rather than one larger one, as they needed to be completed by the end of the year.

A bronze life-size sculpture of Colonel George Stanley will be installed on Main Street, in between the post office and Goya’s Pizza. Stanley, a historian, author, soldier, teacher, founding director of Mount Allison University’s Canadian Studies program, and designer of the Canadian flag, was a long-time resident of Sackville.

This project will leave a lasting impression on our residents and visitors as we celebrate Canada 150.

– Sackville Mayor John Higham

Burke said the town will soon be issuing a request for proposals for the project, which will also include an interpretive panel that will relate the history and importance of Stanley and encourage visitors to visit his grave in the Sackville Cemetery.

At the cemetery, a plaque will be installed at the entrance to guide visitors to Stanley’s gravesite. As well, a new flagpole and Canadian flag will be installed by his grave, along with a cairn.

Burke said the Sackville Cemetery had approached the town to collaborate on this project and have been in discussions with the Stanley family, who fully support the initiative.

He said Stanley’s contributions to Canadian and Sackville’s history are obviously of significance and “we should celebrate it.”

“It seemed appropriate with Canada’s celebrations this year that we should do this.”

As part of the walk, the town is also looking to make several improvements to Memorial Park, including erecting a 20’ x 20’ shelter so that veterans and other visitors have a covered space to sit, both during memorial services and throughout other times of the year.

Burke said the park currently contains little shade and protection from the elements and limited seating.

“We think we can provide additional places for people to sit.”

Two new park benches will accompany the shelter and a plaque commemorating Canada 150 will be mounted on the shelter.

Also among the projects is the relocation of the Sackville Arts Wall. Its current location at the Sackville United Church (the former town hall) was no longer viable and so the town has decided to move it to a new site – in the area beside Cranewood, along the sidewalk in front of the Sackville Waterfowl Park.

The exhibit will feature metal “story-board” displays for the plaques. Burke said the town had already budgeted some capital funds in its budget for this year for the relocation of the arts wall so this additional funding will help the project move forward.

The town will also be adding a new piece of equipment to the skateboard park (“we’re hoping for a half-pipe”), expanding the park to make room for the new piece, as well as do some repairs to the existing equipment.

“We wanted to ensure our youth were represented in our Canada 150 projects,” said Burke.

As a final stop on the walking tour, the town is partnering with the Tantramar Heritage Trust to install a new permanent display at the Boultenhouse Heritage Centre to help commemorate Canada 150. Burke said Boultenhouse showcases the important role Sackville played in the shipbuilding era in the 19th century so it seems fitting that the museum would serve as a stop along the tour.

The entire tour will be connected through a self-guided walking tour pamphlet and, during the months, by way of a guided tour. Other historic aspects of Sackville’s downtown will also be mentioned in the tour.

Mayor John Higham thanked the province and the Regional Development Corporation for their financial contribution to Sackville and for establishing this important program/

“This project will leave a lasting impression on our residents and visitors as we celebrate Canada 150,” said Higham.