Sooke Harbour: News:
Ed Macgregor Park
become a beautiful reality
Victoria Times Colonist
Monday August 30, 2004
CREDIT: Deddeda Stemler Times Colonist
Linda Macgregor and her granddaughter Felicity Rhone, 11, sit at the
front entrance to the new Ed Macgregor Park in Sooke, Sunday, named
after Linda's late husband and first mayor of the town
Linda Macgregor said a new park in Sooke
is a realization of her late husband's dreams.
Ed Macgregor was Sooke's first mayor when the land was purchased from
a private owner in January 2001. Macgregor hoped to build a park that
would be "the centerpiece of Sooke's waterfront," on the land. He died
in March 2003, before the park was completed, but his widow, Linda,
was there on Saturday for to help celebrate the completion of the new
Rotary Pier and a new sign at the front of the park, bearing her late
"When I go there it's like seeing Ed's dream of what he hoped it would
be all coming true," Macgregor said.
The sign erected at the park's entrance was carved from a
eight-metre-long red cedar log by Sooke artist and wood carver Renaat
Marchand. In addition to Ed Macgregor's name, it features intricately
carved scenes of B.C., like the eagle on the left side and the orca
carved on the right.
"The sign is a work of art, it's unbelievable," Macgregor said.
In addition to the sign and the Rotary Pier, Macgregor said the park
features an amphitheatre, a pathway leading to the beach, numerous
lawns and gardens and a "fabulous view."
"To have all these families there, all the kids running around,
everybody really enjoying it, that's really special," Macgregor said,
her voice breaking with emotion.
"It's pretty wonderful, and I go there with my grandchildren, we call
it 'grandpa's park.' "
Future plans for the park include a boardwalk extending from Murray
Road to the Government Wharf at Maple Avenue, washrooms and a parking
lot for the disabled.
© Copyright 2004 Times Colonist (Victoria)
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