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Students celebrate unveiling of Victoria Square


Students from local schools were on hand Wednesday afternoon for the unveiling of the wall of tiles they had created for the refurbished Victoria Square in Saint John’s North End. The project was an initiative of City of Saint John Leisure Services as part of the revamping of Victoria Square. The $330,000 project was funded from the City’s 2009 Capital Budget, with the support of ONE Change and the Main Street Baptist Church, and a $2,500 contribution from Brunswick Pipeline. It includes new lighting, a new gazebo and new chess tables and seating. "We worked with the existing park’s sidewalks and landscaping as a cost-saving measure," explains Peter Hanlon, Capital Project Manager for Leisure Services. "The new signage meets a historical standard and the new lighting will improve the safety of the park." The park’s new centre plaza features a place where a Christmas tree can be placed, including an outlet to power lights. The new signage recalls the heritage of the park. It’s similar to the gates at the Loyalist Burial Ground. Students from the local schools who took part in the project got the first look at their tiles’ new home on the park’s tile mural. Leisure Services and ONE Change hosted a barbeque for the students. "It’s important for the students to have a chance to see how they’ve contributed to this project," said Greg Cutler, Leisure Services Coordinator. Cutler works out of the North End Community Centre. "We hope they’ll use this park and treat it well." Leisure Services is working on renovating the North End’s Robertson Square, which was also funded through the 2009 Capital Budget. It will be completed in November.

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