Gander Heritage Memorial Park

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Gander Heritage Memorial Park / Conceptual Sketch

Situated on the corner of Lindbergh Road and Airport Boulevard, in the very heart of the Town, the park forms the only real common area in the Town. It is envisaged as a place of quiet thought and contemplation; a need to provide a sheltered and welcoming location for existing and proposed memorials and the aviation heritage of Gander.

The main entrance is located off Airport Boulevard but will also be accessed from the “runway walkways” from Lindbergh Road. At the apex of the runways and elsewhere are the memorials to those who have given their lives in the defense of others.

The cenotaph area and walkways are lined with two-toned concrete paving stones. The size of the area is favourable to accommodating military ceremonies.

A lifesize monument of a “sitting” Sergeant Gander accompanied by his “standing” soldier handler is positioned to the left of the cenotaph. They are portrayed as being on alert, vigilant and in a sentinel position for the cenotaph.

An additional long, low granite wall will be positioned within the park to commemorate many of Gander’s aviation disasters and historical events, The Wall will bear inscriptions of past military conflicts and air disasters in Gander.

In addition, the Airmen’s Memorial Wall to the 125th Newfoundland Squadron of the Royal Air Force will be positioned to the left of the cenotaph at the south end of the site. This monument is approximately 10’ high at its center and 20’ in width. This monument was formally located at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum.

The walkways are designed to replicate the present airport runways in that they are close to their approximate positioning. Storyboards will identify and chronicle each memorial.

Great consideration has been given to the retention of present foliage and trees. Plantings would focus on low maintenance and hardy species that are visually pleasing and contribute to the context of the Park. Park benches, lighting, flora will help in making the site appealing to the general public as a place of quiet solitude and calm.

About the Project / Mercer Clarke, FCSLA / 2012

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