L.M. Montgomery, the much-celebrated author of Anne of Green Gables, will have her legacy further marked with a commemorative park.
The federal and P.E.I. governments are investing $412,000 and $200,000 respectively in a park complete with a statue of Montgomery and a literary trail that will connect and lead visitors to experiences tied to the famous author.
The commemorative park will be located along Rte. 13 in Cavendish across from the Cavendish cemetery.
The statue of Montgomery is expected to be unveiled in the summer.
“This park and associated projects will share this history with visitors long into the future,” said Matthew Jelley, mayor of the resort municipality. “This is one of the most impactful projects for our community that our council has been able to achieve.’’
P.E.I. Tourism Minister Chris Palmer said Montgomery’s legacy is felt across the province but especially in Cavendish and the wider resort municipality.
“This project will celebrate that legacy by inspiring Islanders and visitors alike to learn about this Canadian literary giant, her contributions to Island culture, the lasting effect her works have had on the region and the province as a whole, and the information on the many Montgomery-themed landmarks across the Island.’’
Montgomery is recognized as one of the great authors of the 20th century. Her most famous creation, Anne of Green Gables, and her descriptions of P.E.I.’s natural beauty bring thousands of annual visitors from around the world.