Island Lake with blades of green grass in the front on a nice sunny day

Bravery Park project moves ahead with Council's approval of site

Jun 1, 2017 | General

The Town of Orangeville is moving ahead with its Bravery Park project, following Council’s May 29th approval of a site in the west end. The memorial to Canada’s military veterans will be located in the northwest section of the Alder Parklands.

Bravery Park Committee chair Shannon McGrady said the timing of the decision, following two previous attempts and public input, marks a couple of milestones – Canada’s 150th birthday and the 10th anniversary of her brother’s death in Afghanistan.

Canadian Forces Cpl. Matthew McCully was killed in May 2007 by an improvised explosive device while he was on a joint Afghan-Canadian foot patrol near a village west of Kandahar. The family began the Bravery Park project to honour him and other veterans. Ms. McGrady expressed appreciation for the support for the initiative from residents, businesses and other organizations.

The Bravery Park Committee will be fundraising to receive the amount required to construct the park.  The committee has been successful in receiving support from a number of partners and sponsors to date, including:

  • Amaranth Lions Club – Play Structure sponsors
  • Dufferin County Cultural Resource Circle – Medicine Wheel Teachings Garden
  • Dawn till Dusk Landscaping, Orangeville Horticultural Society – Monument Landscaping sponsors
  • Plus, other sponsors and donors were waiting on site approval by Council

The timeline of the construction of the park will be dependant on the success of fundraising efforts and support by various sponsors.

The park will feature a bronze sculpture depicting a Canadian soldier accepting a butterfly from two Afghan children. The sculpture is expected to be delivered to the Town by mid-June.

The Bravery Park Committee has included several elements in the park’s design, including a play structure, a memorial stone and a labyrinth/Indigenous Medicine Wheel Teachings Garden.