City of St. John’s eyes Victoria Park for revitalization

Andrew Robinson
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The City of St. John’s will contribute $1 million to a project it hopes will spruce up one of its oldest parks.

St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe and Coun. Jonathan Galgay speak to reporters in Victoria Park about plans to upgrade the park. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

According to Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and Ward 2 Coun. Jonathan Galgay, the plan to revitalize Victoria Park will be based on the input of residents through a public consultation process.

A foundation will likely be formed similar to the one that worked on the recent plan to revamp Bannerman Park. The city also hopes additional funding partners will come on board for the project for the park, which opened in 1890.

Half of the city’s investment in the project comes from the provincial government’s one-time capital works investment for municipalities that was announced in the most recent budget.

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Geographic location: Victoria Park, Bannerman Park

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Recent comments

  • Imperial Lord
    May 09, 2014 - 13:48

    This great little park has a World War One captured German field gun. It needs fixed up a bit.Maybe a display there about WWOne could be helpful;

  • Guy Incognito
    May 09, 2014 - 13:32

    Here goes Doc again spending money on luxury projects while the city falls apart. "Pothole" O'Keefe needs to get his priorities straight.

  • Keith Da'man
    May 09, 2014 - 11:17

    Seems the priority there is to keep the suburban ball players happy and maintain the ball field first and foremost as usual. Therefore it is a ball park and not a park. Remove the hideous ballfield and you have a 1/2 decent park sans coolers full of booze in the dugout next to a playground on summer days.

  • priorities
    May 09, 2014 - 11:04

    I like the idea of a nice park, but we have Bowring about 4 KM west and Bannerman about 5 KM east. A LOT of money spent on these. More modest retrofit may be more appropriate.