The local Ukrainian community was all smiles in downtown Timmins August 22 with the rededication of the newly-restored Kobzar Park. The restoration was a collaboration between a number of groups, including NISG.
Organizers went out of their way to thank NISG as the company played a central role in the park’s restoration including all the brickwork, landscaping, and general restoration.
The park was established in 1981 to recognize the contributions of Ukrainian pioneers who settled at the Porcupine Camp. Central features of the park included a marble statue of Taras Shevchenko, a poet and hero of Ukrainian independence, and a representation of a wandering minstrel, or Kobzar that adorned the park's entryway.
The restoration committee chose to rededicate the park on the weekend of August 22, in particular, because the park's initial dedication also took place in August back in 1984. The weekend is also close to the upcoming Ukrainian Independence Day, adding extra significance to the event.
Former councillor Gary Scripnick hosted the unveiling ceremony and he was joined by Deputy Mayor Noella Rinaldo, Councillor Andre Grzela, Timmins Museum curator Karen Bachman and numerous other community members.
Mayor Steve Black was also on hand to cut the ceremonial ribbon to the park and offer a few words of praise for the committee's hard work.