Hiram Walker Parkette Planned As Gateway To Walkerville

Monday March 1st, 2021

Posted at 8:27pm

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A new parkette paying tribute to Hiram Walker is in the works for Riverside Drive and Devonshire Road.

The planned parkette will be home to the life-sized bronze statue of Hiram Walker standing on top of six whiskey barrels.

Plans for the statue were first announced in July 2016, and the original idea was to place it in a new roundabout at the intersection, but a study of the roadway called for a traffic signal instead of the planned roundabout.

The statue depicts Mr. Walker walking from the Distillery to the town of Walkerville with plans under his arms. The parkette design integrates a rill (rail) that runs underneath the statue. At either end of the rill are bronze plaques, one depicting the town of Walkerville and the other the Distillery, connecting these two elements through Hiram Walker himself.

According to a City of Windsor Report going to City Council on March 8th, “the park integrates contemporary ideas around sustainable design and climate change with the traditional look of the town of Walkerville.”

The design includes a bio-swale at the East portion of the park for the collection of rainwater. The park’s orientation addresses the intersection of Devonshire and Riverside but is also traversable with a sidewalk that mimics that path that statue is moving.

“This path is a physical symbol of the connection that is made between the Distillery and the Town,” the report notes.

The park is part of the theme Walkerville Districting plan and will cost $1,117,432. Funding will come from previously approved funding for the status and the 2020 and 2021 approved theme districting project budgets.

City Council will be asked to approve the project on Monday, and plans call for completion in time for the July birthday of Hiram Walker.

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