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Efforts made to restore memorial bricks at Charlottetown park

Employees from Island Grown Sod restored the memorial bricks at the Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial Park in Charlottetown last month. Landscapers Adam Chaloner and Riley McInnis, project co-ordinator Marlene Bryenton, and landscaper Riley Chappel stand near one of the wheelbarrows of weeds removed from around the bricks last month.
Employees from Island Grown Sod restored the memorial bricks at the Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial Park in Charlottetown last month. Landscapers Adam Chaloner and Riley McInnis, project co-ordinator Marlene Bryenton, and landscaper Riley Chappel stand near one of the wheelbarrows of weeds removed from around the bricks last month. - Katie Smith
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

For several years, there was an ongoing weed problem surrounding the memorial bricks located at the fountain in the Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial Park in Charlottetown.

Fundraising for the park began in 1999 and included the selling of inscribed clay and corporate granite bricks at a cost of $25, $250 and $2,500 each.

The Charlottetown parks and recreation department tried several methods to rid the bricks of the weeds, but the problem was not resolved.

Marlene Bryenton, project co-ordinator who has been involved with the park since 1999, said it became embarrassing to see the weeds growing around bricks that were purchased to honour former P.E.I. premier Joe Ghiz and others.

Bryenton contacted Island Grown Sod to help with the issue, and last month, several landscapers from the company painstakingly removed the memorial, brick by brick, added polymer sand and reinstalled the display.

The cleanup effort lasted three days and labourers removed four wheelbarrows full of weeds.

Going forward, weed-resistant polymer sand will be added every two years to keep the area maintained.

The project will cost about $5,000, paid for in installments by the Dr. Marlene Bryenton Ghiz Park Endowment Fund.

Other projects funded by the endowment fund include the wrought iron fence, gates and garbage receptacles at the park.

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