10:30 p.m., Nov. 9)
City breaks ground on Avalon park named after for Cumberland
Special to OrléansOnline.ca
city has begun work on a new park in the Avalon Encore
subdivision, named after former Cumberland reeve Henri
groundbreaking ceremony was held on Nov. 10 with Cumberland
Coun. Stephen Blais joined by members of the Rocque family
and the Societé franco-ontarienne du patrimoine
et de l'histoire d'Orléans (SFOPHO).
being elected in 2010 Ive made park construction
a key priority, says Blais. Henri Rocque
Park will provide residents of Avalon Encore an amazing
opportunity to have fun, stay fit and come together as
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais joins members of
the Rocque family as ground is broken on the
new parkin Avalon. File photo
Rocque Park will be the first for the Avalon Encore community
and will be built years ahead of schedule as a result
of the new park construction process championed by Councillor
Parks in Cumberland are no longer taking five, six,
or seven years to build, says Blais. By
partnering with the homebuilder we ensure the parks are
built much sooner to ensure the community can benefit
from the tremendous value they provide.
Located at the corner of Hepatica Crescent and Magnolia
Street, Henri Rocque Park represents an investment of
$735,000 in the community. It will feature junior
and senior play structures, a swing set, a splash pad,
adult outdoor fitness area, grassy open space, and a basketball
The playstructures and splash pad have botanical themes,
with bright colours and foliage design, and a stylized
flower pattern on the splash pad concrete, designed after
the Hepatica wildflower in honour of the street name.
The park grading has been created to generate interest
for users. While the open space areas are relatively
flat and welcoming to users of various degrees of fitness,
there are berms and slopes throughout.
steepest slopes are planted with a variety of shrubs and
small trees, for the ecological benefit of naturalized
areas and for maintenance reasons, and there will be a
grassy knoll for playing or winter sliding.
park also features seating along the pathways, waste receptacles,
a shade structure, game tables and bicycle parking.
Near the bench at the top of the slope, there is a space
for a commemorative plaque.
application to commemorate Mr. Rocque was prepared by
Louis V. Patry, vice-president of the Société
franco-ontarienne du patrimoine et de l'histoire d'Orléans
and supported by Councillor Blais.
Rocque taught in Orléans-area schools from 1953
to 1963 and was principal at École Préseault
from 1964 to 1969. He also served as secretary and president
of the Orléans Chamber of Commerce from 1957 to
1959, as president of the Orléans Police Village
from 1961 to1969, as vice-chair of the Gloucester Planning
Committee from 1967 to 1972, and as a member of the Gloucester
Bilingualism Committee in 1971.
1972, Mr. Rocque was elected to the Council of the Township
of Cumberland, first as Reeve and later as Mayor.
taken great strides to recognize the contribution of the
residents who worked so hard to build the community we
love and call home, says Blais. I believe
that our shared bilingual culture and history only enrich
our community. Mr. Rocque made a strong contribution
and I am very proud to be able to honour his contributions
to Orléans and Cumberland.
Rocque was historically important not only for Orléans,
Cumberland and the City of Ottawa but also for Ontario,
says Patry. In the case of Orleans, he was a teacher,
principal and president of the "Police Village"
of Orléans and was named Citizen of the Year. In
Cumberland, he was Reeve and Mayor. In Ontario, he was
a superintendent, educator, president of the AEFO, UCFO,
etc. and a scholarship in his name is awarded annually
Henri Rocque Park is expected to open in the summer of
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)