Charlottetown’s 1864 legacy project opens by Hillsborough Bridge

The Historic Hillsborough River Commons is a scenic, park-like setting located at the Charlottetown Event Grounds

Ryan Ross
Published on June 13, 2014

The Charlottetown Area Development Corporation (CADC) and its partners unveiled the legacy project of the City of Charlottetown’s 1864 anniversary celebrations at a ceremony Friday.

The Historic Hillsborough River Commons, located at the Charlottetown Event Grounds, is a scenic park-like setting created through a partnership between CADC, the City of Charlottetown, Canadian Heritage, P.E.I. 2014 Inc., the Charlottetown Harbour Authority and Downtown Charlottetown Inc.

CADC general manager Ron Waite says the Historic Hillsborough River Commons project is the first step to redevelop the important gateway into the city.

The historic commons has several components, including a large sign welcoming people into the city, interpretative panels that tell the story of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference, a spectacular piece of public art, decorative wrought iron fencing, flag poles, benches and inviting landscaped and paving stone areas.

The art was commissioned by CADC and awarded to two Island artists, Gerald Beaulieu and Ahmon Katz. The artists collaborated on the piece for the past six months.

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee was on hand for Friday’s ceremony.

“We fully expect the design, flow and location of the historic commons, and its surrounding trails and green space, to appeal to community members even when there isn’t an event or festival at the Event Grounds. I hope our citizens take advantage of this beautiful site. The Charlottetown Area Development Corporation has done a fantastic job of bringing our collective dream for this space into reality.”

The commons unveiling kicked off 1864 Week that will see a series of free concerts featuring Island musicians. There will be community events spread throughout Saturday as part of Quebec Day celebrations in recognition of that city’s role in Confederation.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Governor General David Johnston and Quebec City Mayor Régis LaBeaume will join Lee and Lt.-Gov. Frank Lewis for official ceremonies.

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