Work expected to start next week on Bannerman Park facility
The ice trail planned for Bannerman Park, shown in this drawing, should be completed in time for use this winter, city officials say. — Illustration courtesy of the City of St. John’s
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The total cost of the Bannerman Park revitalization project is about $6 million.
The goal of the foundation is to raise $3 million by June 2014, with the city matching the funds dollar for dollar.
About $1.3 million has been raised by the foundation so far and the federal government has provided funding towards work on the poolhouse in the amount of $496,000. The hope is for most of the work to be finished next year.
Walsh, of “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” fame, said she’s enjoying her work with the foundation.
“Fundraising is going brilliantly,” she said.
“The sense I get is that Bannerman Park is a special place to many Newfoundlanders and I feel so happy to be part of it because it is so nice to be part of something that everybody is positive about — not like politics or anything like that,” Walsh said, laughing.
As for the cost of the project, she said she hasn’t heard any criticism or complaints from people about money being invested in the park, which was given to the people of St. John’s in 1864 by governor Sir Alexander Bannerman.
“I haven’t heard any pooh-poohers because Bannerman Park has been there and has served everybody and is a very egalitarian space, isn’t it?” Walsh said.
“It serves everybody from the little hacky sack guys, right up to the people who have those big houses on Military Road, and it’s been neglected for far too long and yet has continued to offer great service to the citizens for all that time. And so it’s time it got a bit of love and attention. I think most people are feeling good about it and saying it’s about time.”