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Park Gates Restored and Reinstalled
(Friday, October 27/2000)-- The historic ornamental gates at the Young Avenue entrance to Point Pleasant Park have been restored and reinstalled, thanks to the generous financial support from the HRM Millennium Committee.
The gates were taken down by municipal crew more than a year ago out of concern for their condition at the time and due to the risk of further deterioration because of the weather. They have had regular maintenance over the years, but continued exposure to the elements during the past century has taken its toll on them.
The gates date back to the late 1800's, when Sir William Young, the first Point Pleasant Park Commission Chairman, donated the gates to the Park. They were designed by Edward Elliott, of the Starr Manufacturing Company, in Dartmouth. Sir William decided to include the massive Nova Scotia granite pillars.
The gates were officially put up at a ceremony on Saturday, August 21, 1886. The new avenue created - Young Avenue - was called after Sir William. The gates formed the entrance from the avenue to the park.
A public ceremony to recognize the financial contribution of the HRM Millennium Committee and restoration for these historic gates is scheduled for:
When: Tuesday, October 31, 2000
Time: 10 a.m
Where: Intersection of Young Avenue and Point Pleasant Drive, Halifax.
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