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Sandwich Town Murals Could Get Displayed In Paterson Park

Monday February 25th, 2019, 10:00am


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The Sandwich Town Black History murals could soon have a new home.

The murals consisting of 16 individual paintings that were originally located on the long exterior wall of the Sandwich Grocery Store.

The Grocery Store recently changed owners and the murals were removed and were put into storage.

The city held two opens houses as well as an online survey to see where and how the public wanted them displaced.

The results were most of the public wanted them to remain in the Sandwich Town area, be available for public viewings in public spaces and to keep them together on one long wall.

Following the survey, administration focused on finding locations in or near Sandwich Town that would allow the murals to remain on one long wall but was unable to find any suitable buildings in the Sandwich area.

The city is recommending placing the murals in Paterson Park.   This would involve putting them on a frame and raised approximately two feet in the air at the cost of just under $45,000. If they were to be lit at night, that would cost an additional $9,000.

Administration notes in a report to council that there may be concerns from nearby neighbours of Paterson Park, whos view would be blocked. In addition, installing the footings in the park could also uncover archaeologically significant artifacts, as was the case with the roundabout.

If there are significant neighborhood concerns, an alternate location has been chosen. This one would see them placed on Russell Street between McKee Park and Mill Street Park blocking the view of the gravel quarry.

A final option could be on the outside walls of the Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex.

The report will go to the Community Services and Parks Standing Committee meeting on March 6th for direction and then onto City Council at a future date.

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