Part of Queens Park Drive was renamed in honour of Richard Monette in 2021. The part renamed is the oval that runs from the entrance to Upper Queens Park from Parkview Drive closest to the Festival Theatre.
Richard Monette, artistic director
152 Richard Monette Way Photo Brilliant Images
"From the air the gardens look like a butterfly . Perfect for peace garden" Now, I will treat myself to a Mint Smoothie at the candy store on Albert Street. Maybe someone there knows where the mural is.
Ted Blowes memorial peace garden
In 2017, Stratford’s Communities in Bloom committee created The Ted Blowes Memorial Pollinator Peace Garden. It was a Canada 150 project which recognizes the contributions of Ted Blowes, a former mayor and one of the founding members Communities in Bloom. The garden features native pollinator plants and has attracted many pollinators since it was established. It helps the pollinators by providing valuable habitat, and educates its many visitors as to how they too can help. Thanks to Brilliant Images for the picture and text.
The garden was planted under the Confederation Bridge in a butterfly wing shape. The bridge was used by walkers to cross the railway tracks which have long since been removed. The structure is now called "the bridge to nowhere."
Ted Blowes, Mr. Stratford
Ted Blowes Photo: City of Stratford
Plaque near the Festival Theatre Photo Fred Gonder
Tom Patterson plaque (1920-2005)
The plaque reads:
A native of Stratford, Ont., Tom Patterson grew up during the Great Depression and dreamed of plans that might revitalize his community. After serving in the Second World War and completing university, he worked as an associate editor for a trade publication in Toronto. During the early 1950s, Patterson began discussing plans to establish an internationally renowned Shakespearean festival in his hometown. Although considered a risky venture by some, Patterson gained encouragement from Mayor David Simpson and the local council, and from British Shakespearean director Tyrone Guthrie.
Through determination and perseverance, Patterson was able, in less than two years, to turn his dream into reality. The Stratford Shakespearean Festival opened in July 1953 with a production of Richard III, and created a new standard for North American theatre. Remaining with the Festival until 1967, Patterson was also founding director of the Canadian Theatre Centre and founding president of the National Theatre School. He received numerous honours for his work, including Officer of the Order of Canada (1977). Source: Ontario Heritage Trust
In 1986, the We Build committee of the Kiwanis Club of Stratford proposed the club take the leadership role in building an open-air thrust stage and bandshell on the south side of the pavilion in Upper Queens Park. Club members hoped it would attract local and visiting musicians and “provide a new and exciting venue for Stratford's artistic community.” The board of parks management, the Stratford Festival and many area musical groups agreed the stage would boost the city's cultural atmosphere. The Club pledged $35,000 of the $70,000 price tag and proposed to raise the rest from the provincial government and private donors. The city council approved the project at a meeting in August 1986. Dances, concerts and other events were held to help raise the funds, and construction began in June 1987. The Kiwanis pavilion stage was completed in the spring of 1988, which marked the first year Kiwanis members organized and provided funding for bands performing in the bandshell. Since then, attending the Wednesday and Sunday night concerts has become a summer tradition for residents and visitors. Source: Kiwanis International
In 2019, Kiwanis Club of Stratford president David MacLennan presented local musician Tim Adair with the Mel Osbourne Fellowship for his efforts toward building the Upper Queens Park bandshell in 1986, and for organizing the club's Concerts in the Park series over the past 32 years. Source Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald
The Stratford Concert Band often play here at the Kiwanis bandshell Photo Fred Gonder