Following a public meeting (Sept. 2015) of citizens concerned about the deterioration of the stone gates at the entrance to Tavistock’s Queen’s Park, a volunteer committee was formed. This committee was challenged with researching what could be done and what the best option going forward would be. It was determined that restoring the gates would be the best option. We have met with professional stone masons to obtain their professional perspective. The committee issued a Request for Proposals and had five contractors respond.
The decision was made to engage Gilholm Stoneworks. The estimated cost will be $50,000. Government grants and other fund raising possibilities have been researched and applied for but these, even if successful, will not cover the total cost.
Work will begin as soon as the contractor’s scheduling permits (at this point mid August is the planned date).
We are now asking the community for their financial help in fulfilling the wish of the community to have these gates restored.
All donations should be made payable to the Township of East Zorra-Tavistock and indicate that it is for the Queen’s Park Gates. Cheques can be mailed to Queen’s Park Gates, Box 371, Tavistock, ON N0B 2R0. Donations may also be forwarded to any committee member listed below. The township office can accommodate donations by debit (e-transfer not available) or online banking payment, using account number 4622697. Charitable tax receipts will be issued from the township for all donations over $20. Donations of $100 or more will be recognized on the EZT web site, with your permission.
Thank you sincerely for your support in assisting in the restoration of this historical piece of our past.
Shirley McCall-Hanlon, Chairperson
Committee members: Brian Bennett, Barb Matthies, Greg Pye, Mary Alice Roth, Chris Wiffen, Ron Wiffen