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DE GANDER AVEC AMOUR

The park stands
as a beacon to the
extraordinary things
that ordinary people
can do.

RECOGNIZING A HERO
My job, as a former high school
valedictorian and the only landscape
architect my town has produced (so far),
was to find a place in town to put the
statue of the dog. Simple. Or perhaps not.
Small towns should never be
underestimated. They represent a
microcosm of all the talent, knowledge and
passion we expect from larger communities
- and like them, can also be a morass of
conflicting ideas and widely divergent goals
and objectives. Individual convictions can
become immovable barriers. But when
people emerge from those silos, great
things can and do happen.
Such was the situation with the alumni
of the Gander high schools. To create and
place a world-class statue was a massive
undertaking by itself, but the task rapidly
morphed to include the restoration of
the town cenotaph and the creation of
new memorials to those who lost their
lives in tragedies associated with flight.
After seven years of immense effort,
and fundraising that netted more than
$500,000, the Alumni opened the most
amazing little park in the very centre of
our hometown.
The Gander Heritage Memorial Park (GHMP)
is a testimony to small and large donors,
to the folks who wrangled for government
assistance, to supportive local businesses
and professionals, and to the unwavering
enthusiasm, ingenuity, professionalism
and knee-aching work of a crew of the
town's greatest senior citizens, the GHMP
Committee. This team of enthusiastic,
argumentative friends are living proof
of the power of collaborative work and
individual passion. Age was never a barrier
to participation, nor was distance.

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The park has been warmly welcomed and
is widely used. It stands as a beacon, and
a constant reminder of the extraordinary
things that ordinary people can do. Today
it is a quiet, contemplative space, whose
peace is only usurped by the throngs of
people who gather for memorial services.
If you have not yet been lucky enough
to experience "Come from Away," the
Broadway musical that celebrates
Gander's response to 9/11, I encourage
you to do so. We live in a time when there
aren't enough opportunities to break down
the perceived barriers that separate places
and people. I was raised to be who I am
by the people of the town where I was
born. And each time I am asked the usual
question, "Where are you from?" I am
grateful that I can answer, "Gander."
mercerclarke@bell.net

> LP+ for a list of readings about Gander

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3 THE CENOTAPH OF NEWFOUNDLAND BLACK
GRANITE 4 EXPRESSIVE BRONZE IN GANDER
HERITAGE MEMORIAL PARK BY NEWFOUNDLAND
SCULPTOR MORGAN MACDONALD.
PHOTOS 3,4 COLLEEN MERCER CLARKE

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2018

To Begin With
Our Writers
Upfront
Essay
THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
CONVERSATION
A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
INTERVIEW
CRITIQUE
PARTING SHOT | UNE DERNIÈRE SALVE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TRIAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - CHANGZHI WETLAND PARK
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - AFTER THE DESIGNERS LEAVE THE ROOM
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - YOU CAN ONLY DESIGN A RIVER ONCE
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - A “PUF” OF INSPIRATION: TOWARD NET ZERO NEIGHBOURHOODS
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE TOUGH GET GOING ON THE WAY TO TRANSFORMATION
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - THE HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A STORY ONLY THE LANDSCAPE CAN TELL
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Landscapes - Spring 2018 - INTERVIEW
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