On Saturday, June 12, 1999 a new park was officially opened in this area.
Ron Moeser presents
to Bill Dempsey
It is the William Alexander Dempsey Eco Park, named, of course, after Bill Dempsey, a long time Centennial resident and founder of the CCRA. As a conservationist and activist Bill has worked tirelessly for many years to protect the waters of the Highland and Centennial Creeks. It is only fitting therefore that the Eco Park, which is designed to clean the water from the 401 before it enters the two creeks, should be named after him.
The Eco Park is divided into three sections. The official opening took place at the most northerly of the three, in the Willowlea Wetland at Scarboro Avenue and Willowlea Drive and the Opening Ceremonies began at 11:00 a.m.
A crowd of over 200 people enjoyed the glorious sunshine, listened to the band and watched the ceremonial opening.
After the unveiling .... After speeches by Ron Moeser, Paul Cosgrove and Bill Dempsey, the sign was unveiled, the ribbon was cut and the crowd entered the park. Cold pop and juice were served with pieces of the biggest cake that I have ever seen. There were activities for everyone with bird box building, aquatic planting (rubber boots provided), mural painting and tales by Hawks Shadow.
Afterwards, lunch was available at the Centennial Rouge United Church Hall.
Report by Gay Cowbourne and pictures by Mike Osborn.