Oakville celebrates creation of Harry Barrett Waterfront Parks System

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Official signage unveiled at dedication ceremony at Tannery Park

Recognizing former Oakville Mayor Harry Barrett’s leadership in preserving Oakville's waterfront, Mayor Rob Burton unveiled signage marking the Harry Barrett Waterfront Parks System at an official dedication ceremony today at Tannery Park.

“It’s with great pride that we dedicate this network of waterfront parks, open spaces and trails to Mr. Harry Barrett,” Mayor Burton said. “Leadership stems from doing the right things for both today and tomorrow. Harry’s foresight ensured that future generations of Oakville residents and visitors can access our beautiful public lakefront properties. On behalf of Oakville, we thank Harry for his contributions in shaping the outstanding community we live in today.”

Barrett’s influence and enthusiasm for Oakville’s waterfront began early. As a member of Oakville’s Planning Board, he discovered a clause in the Planning Act that paved the way to securing much of Oakville’s waterfront for public access. During his 13-year tenure as Mayor of Oakville, Barrett continued to champion the preservation of the town’s beautiful waterfront for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors. His passion for heritage preservation continues today as the current chair of Heritage Oakville.

“It’s really quite profound to be recognized by your hometown, especially at 87 years old,” Barrett shared. “I had an ambitious vision for Oakville’s waterfront, and with the support of a great municipal team, we made that vision a reality. Thank you so much for this honour.”

Signs marking the new Harry Barrett Waterfront Parks System have been installed at select locations along Oakville’s entire waterfront. The permanent markers highlight Barrett’s achievements and offer a brief historical background of his work to preserve the town’s waterfront. Oakville’s waterfront parks and trails already named after other individuals or families that have made a significant contribution to the town from a cultural, economic or historical perspective will remain unchanged.

Oakville has over 30 waterfront properties, covering over 50 hectares, and has over 200 kilometres of trails connecting all sections of the town and its parks. The town continues to acquire and offer publicly accessible waterfront lands where possible.

Media contact:

Chris Mark
Director, Parks and Open Space
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3111
cmark@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca