The Bannerman Park Foundation was established to raise the funds to implement the City’s revitalization plan. The goal was to ensure the park remained a cherished city landmark for future generations to enjoy. A variety of improvements have modernized the park while staying true to its original Victorian character. In addition to six major projects and upgrading of the original bandstand, other changes include the addition of a Park Clock, a drinking fountain for people and pets, upgraded pathways, new shrubbery and flower beds, and new Victorian styled fixtures such as benches, lamps and waste receptacles. A sculpture of “The Skater” will represent the new life the park now has.
|“The Loop” Ice Skating Trail
In the heart of the park, is a new ice skating trail, The Bannerman Loop aka “The Loop”. Named through a social media callout for suggested names at the request of its sponsor, Patron Donor Elinor Gill Ratcliffe and the Gill Ratcliffe Foundation, this ice trail is unique in both its presence in the city and its design. An ingenious loop for an uncommon outdoor skating experience. From October to April, many a day is now being spent skating with friends and family on this one-of-a-kind ice skating surface. In the warmer months, in-line skating and children cycling is the order of the day.
|Mary Saunders Gill Victorian-Style Pool HouseTo complement Bannerman Park’s public pool, the pool house has been totally redesigned from the ground up. Sponsored by Patron Donor Elinor Gill Ratcliffe and named in memory of her mother, community nurse Mary Saunders Gill, R.N., the new Pool House is designed to fit with the historic architecture of the area.
Rotary Splash Pad
Sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of St. John’s, St. John’s East and St. John’s Northwest, the new Rotary Splash Pad, makes Bannerman Park an even better place for children with this fun, exciting, and interactive water space for those hot summer days.
|New Craig L. Dobbin Pavilion
The Craig L. Dobbin Pavilion, sponsored by Gold Level donor, Elaine Dobbin, is a new addition to the park and is a larger and more accessible pavilion than the existing Bandstand, and is designed as a performance space for small-scale cultural activities. The new design incorporates sound and lighting to accommodate a variety of performances that can be viewed by more people. And it is wheelchair accessible.
|New Playground “The Backyard”
Playgrounds offer a great way for children to stay physically active. Named “The Backyard” by its sponsors, Gold Level donors, Paul Antle and Renee Marquis Antle, Bannerman Park’s new playground facility has the newest highly interactive state-of-the-art equipment including a fully rubberized base so kids and their families can play in a safe and fun area that’s accessible for all.
|Garden of Memories
Sponsored by the Gill Ratcliffe Foundation, this beautiful garden is an inspiration to all who visit it. Featuring a new fountain and rows of flowers, and the “Story of the Stones” in its pathways – the Garden of Memories preserves the memories and special moments of friends and neighbors.
|The Grande Olde Bandstand
A thorough upgrade has been given to the original bandstand, sponsored by Gold Level donors, the family of Gerard and Nora Cahill. Features include new roofing and ceiling with modern lighting, a new floor and railings to enhance this iconic landmark of Bannerman Park.
|New Park Clock
Donated by Bronze Level donors Gary and Theresa Reardon in memory of their daughter, Jennifer. To quote Brian Selznick, “…to the person looking at the (Park) Clock, something magical is happening that cannot be explained unless you are the clockmaker.”
Sponsored by Bronze Level donors, the Penney family, in memory of daughter and sister Maggie Penney, this new drinking fountain will serve both pets and people.
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