Park should have proper sign

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Letter

You might want to check with John deRosenroll regarding the legal name of the park between Harbour and Lambton Streets. This park includes the tennis courts, the public parking area east of the courts, the lawn bowling greens and the area west to the beach. Many people have been referring to this as Tiny Tot Park as it includes a variety of playground equipment on which many young (and some not so young) people enjoy playing. Yes, a service club did provide the equipment for the enjoyment of the children.

As indicated in a recent historical story, Sir Alexander McKenzie and his wife Mabel donated this park to the Town of Kincardine. There were certain conditions, however. This area was to forever remain a park; no commercial establishments were ever to be built; no part of the park was ever to be sold; and the land would forever be called Macpherson Park, after their good friend James A. Macpherson, a lawyer and nine times mayor of Kincardine.

James A Macpherson came to Kincardine with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Macpherson, on Feb. 24, 1854. James A. lived in Kincardine for most of his adult life, taking a very active role in the community. He died in January, 1923, at the age of 79. There have been Macpherson family members living in this area ever since then. A local author, Bill Kearns, has compiled and edited stories about this and other long-time Kincardine families, titled In Their Own Words.

We would not expect residents new to our area since the 1960s or 1970s to be aware of the meaning behind some of our local park names, but with proper signage and a brief history of the park name, we could all learn more about our beautiful town.

Myrna (Macpherson) Queen, Arva and Kincardine; Mary (Macpherson) Culbert, Ripley; Murray Macpherson, Kincardine; Sandy Macpherson, Kingston; and Ken Macpherson, Grimsby