GANANOQUE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Gord Brown, Member of Parliament (Leeds–Grenville), today announced funding for the Gananoque Lions Club for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Gananoque. To commemorate this historic event, the organization—in partnership with a number of community groups and the municipality—has chosen to undertake the development and enhancement of a small portion of waterfront land named Joel Stone Park.
Joel Stone Park, named after the founder of Gananoque and a local hero of the War of 1812, will be developed into an 1812 heritage park that will feature, among other elements, a bronze diorama representing the town as it was in 1812, an amphitheatre for small theatrical events, and the beginning of a 1-km heritage trail.
"Commemorations and activities that celebrate our shared Canadian identity and our diverse cultural and historical heritage enhance local community life," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these events, our Government is fulfilling its commitment to strengthen our communities and support arts, culture, and heritage."
"The War of 1812 and Joel Stone, deserve to be acknowledged, as they were instrumental in shaping our country as we know it today. Developing this park is a very fitting way to commemorate them," said Mr. Brown. "Residents can be proud of this project, as it will not only bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to learn about this community's history, but also contribute to Gananoque's economy."
"Colonel Joel Stone, commanding the Gananoque militia, successfully defended Gananoque during the first raid into Canada by American troops during the War of 1812," said John MacLeod, Lions Club Director. "The Joel Stone 1812 Heritage Park will become a reality with the announcement of a $301,800 grant from Canadian Heritage, 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 Gananoque."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $301,800 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 heritage.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)