Veterans Peace Park

 

On behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion Bayview Branch 22

Visit this page for up-to-date information on the Veterans Peace Park Project. For any comments or questions related to the Veterans Peace Park, please see the contact information at the bottom of this page.

Location
Town Cenotaph across from the Canada Post Office at the intersection of Woolastook Drive and River Valley Drive.

Vision
The vision of the Royal Canadian Legion Bayview Branch 22 for the Veterans Peace Park, is to create an atmosphere of peace and reflection, for the community of Grand Bay-Westfield and visitors, year-round.

Background
In early 2021, the Veterans Peace Park Committee applied for a grant from Crane Mountain Enhancement Inc. (CMEI) to develop a concept for an updated and revitalized Veterans Peace Park. The Committee was successful and were able to have The Glenn Group provide conceptual sketches based upon input from Veterans, Legion, Indigenous Leaders, and the community. In the fall of 2021, the Committee initiated a grant from Veteran Affairs (Canadian War Memorial Grant). For this grant, items included the entrance sign, flag poles and two (2) new light poles. In February 2022, the Committee applied to CMEI for a grant to improve and upgrade the lighting in our design along the “Peace Walk”.

Current Status

September 26, 2022:
In recognition of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30, banners have been installed on the light poles at the Veterans Peace Park . The banners feature seven feathers representing the Seven Grandfather Teachings adopted by many Indigenous communities, which are: Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Humility, Truth and Wisdom.

September 25, 2022: Gate in honour of Veterans installed at Veterans Peace Park. The Legion extends appreciation to Gary Crosby (gate artist with Darkwood Carving in Oromocto) as well as all Veterans Peace Park Committee members, for their assistance with the installation of the gate. For details, visit here. 

September 15, 2022: Grand Bay-Westfield sculpture installed at the Veterans Peace Park. For details, visit here.

August 2022: Additional flag poles have been installed at the Veterans Peace Park.

July 2022: Work is officially underway at the Veterans Peace Park. This work includes the installation of two (2) new light poles. These light poles include banner brackets which will be used year-round. The Committee extends appreciation to Duane Brown, local business owner of NEDALIFT, for his work on the installation of the light poles including boom truck services. Please see below for photographs.

Next Steps
The vision for the Park still includes seating and a plaza with an event podium, walkway, retaining wall, flowers, shrubbery and additional monuments.

Renderings
To view the renderings of the Veterans Peace Park, visit here.

Presentation to Council
To view the presentation by Cory Ryan to Town of Grand Bay-Westfield Council on April 25, 2022, visit the Town’s YouTube channel here. The presentation begins at the 21:45 minute mark of the Council meeting.

Funding Opportunities
The revitalization of the Veterans Peace Park is a multi-year project. This project is made possible with funding received from corporate/individual donations, foundations, any Legion, as well as federal and provincial government funding programs. To discuss funding opportunities, please contact Cory Ryan via the contact information below.

Photographs

September 25, 2022 – Gate in honour of Veterans installed at Veterans Peace Park. Use arrows to scroll through photographs

September 15, 2022: Sculpture installed at Veterans Peace Park
 
August 22, 2022: Additional flag poles installed at the Veterans Peace Park
  
August 16, 2022: Site visit with Songul Telek, 2022 Grand Bay-Westfield Sculptor Photo (Left to Right): Grand Bay-Westfield Councillor Jim Balcomb, Songul Telek (Sculptor, Sculpture Saint John), Diana Alexander (Executive Director, Sculpture Saint John), Cory Ryan (Veterans Peace Park Committee), and Carolyn Saunders (Intern, Sculpture Saint John). Once completed, the 2022 Grand Bay-Westfield sculpture by sculptor Songul Telek, will be located at the Veterans Peace Park.
July 2022: Installation of two (2) new light poles Photo: Duane Brown, local business owner of NEDALIFT, who installed the 2 new light poles.
July 2022: Two (2) new light poles installed

Contact Information
Cory Ryan
Royal Canadian Legion Bayview Branch 22 Vice President and Poppy Chair
Veterans Peace Park/Veterans Banners Committee Chair
Phone: (506) 333-0456
Email: cjryan347@gmail.com