Stratford’s “Diversity Fountain” set to be revealed

MichaelThomasBThe Town of Stratford continues to grow as a culturally diverse community. In celebration of this we applied for a PEI 2014 grant for the creation of a Diversity Fountain designed to represent our natural and cultural heritage. The goal of the fountain is to celebrate our diversity, enhance our natural environment and foster social interactions and inclusion in the community. The Diversity Fountain concept, initiated by the Town’s Heritage Committee, has received the full support of the Mayor and Councillors. On May 28, 2013, PEI2014 announced the Town of Stratford as a recipient of a large grant in Queens County.

“The Town of Stratford is proud of our heritage and is excited to be celebrating our diverse culture as we prepare to unveil the Diversity Fountain,” said Mayor David Dunphy.

The basic structure of the Diversity Fountain will consist of two main parts. The first is a set of large granite boulders placed in concentric rings. With their smooth side facing up, the boulders will create a circle, overlapping asphalt and the surrounding grass. Inside the ring of boulders, water nozzles will emit a light mist. The boulders, radiating out from the center represent the many cultures and ethnicities that have come to call Stratford their home. The circles, a sacred symbol to First Nations people, represent growth, similar to the rings on a tree.

The second part of the fountain is a commissioned bronze statue of famous Island aboriginal, Michael Thomas. Michael Thomas was the greatest distance runner Prince Edward Island has ever had and one of the finest in Canada. The Michael Thomas statue rising from the center of the fountain will possess a spiritual appearance as it is surrounded by the fountain’s mist and represents our native population.

The Diversity Fountain will be located in Stratford’s waterfront park. As this area of the Town develops, the park will expand to include several hundred meters of shore front. It will become a focal point of social activity with the Trans-Canada Trail connecting to the Hillsborough Bridge and eventually on to Charlottetown’s boardwalk.

The unveiling of the Diversity Fountain will take place on Saturday, October 18 at 1:00 PM at the new extension of the Trans-Canada Trail in Stratford’s waterfront park. The entrance to this trail is located off the Stratford Road between the ESSO gas station and the Southport Motel. Everyone is welcome to attend as the Town of Stratford celebrates our diverse culture in this beautiful natural setting.

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Stratford’s “Diversity Fountain” set to be revealed

MichaelThomasBThe Town of Stratford continues to grow as a culturally diverse community. In celebration of this we applied for a PEI 2014 grant for the creation of a Diversity Fountain designed to represent our natural and cultural heritage. The goal of the fountain is to celebrate our diversity, enhance our natural environment and foster social interactions and inclusion in the community. The Diversity Fountain concept, initiated by the Town’s Heritage Committee, has received the full support of the Mayor and Councillors. On May 28, 2013, PEI2014 announced the Town of Stratford as a recipient of a large grant in Queens County.

“The Town of Stratford is proud of our heritage and is excited to be celebrating our diverse culture as we prepare to unveil the Diversity Fountain,” said Mayor David Dunphy.

The basic structure of the Diversity Fountain will consist of two main parts. The first is a set of large granite boulders placed in concentric rings. With their smooth side facing up, the boulders will create a circle, overlapping asphalt and the surrounding grass. Inside the ring of boulders, water nozzles will emit a light mist. The boulders, radiating out from the center represent the many cultures and ethnicities that have come to call Stratford their home. The circles, a sacred symbol to First Nations people, represent growth, similar to the rings on a tree.

The second part of the fountain is a commissioned bronze statue of famous Island aboriginal, Michael Thomas. Michael Thomas was the greatest distance runner Prince Edward Island has ever had and one of the finest in Canada. The Michael Thomas statue rising from the center of the fountain will possess a spiritual appearance as it is surrounded by the fountain’s mist and represents our native population.

The Diversity Fountain will be located in Stratford’s waterfront park. As this area of the Town develops, the park will expand to include several hundred meters of shore front. It will become a focal point of social activity with the Trans-Canada Trail connecting to the Hillsborough Bridge and eventually on to Charlottetown’s boardwalk.

The unveiling of the Diversity Fountain will take place on Saturday, October 18 at 1:00 PM at the new extension of the Trans-Canada Trail in Stratford’s waterfront park. The entrance to this trail is located off the Stratford Road between the ESSO gas station and the Southport Motel. Everyone is welcome to attend as the Town of Stratford celebrates our diverse culture in this beautiful natural setting.

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