By now you probably know that I love the history Winnipeg has to offer. You might also know that I get pissed off at the way it's treated sometimes.
One of those piss-offs is demolishing a building and leaving little shards of it around the place. Baubles in dead end lots and overgrown parks and the like.
Here's an interesting one....
Somerset School on Sherbrook was demolished in 2005 to make way for a retail development.
I stumbled across the sign from the school building. Nice that they kept it on site...
... not nice that it is right where snow will be plowed on top of it from both the parking lot AND the sidewalk. In the summer it also has great dual usage as a bench.
Another bit of local history not feeling the love is Taras Shevchenko Park on Burrows and McGregor. Any Ukrainian poets out there ? An evening of poetry reading intermixed with some gardening and stone moving would not go amiss.
You could probably even apply to the Taras Shevchenko Foundation, based in Winnipeg and created in 1961 to "celebrate the work of Taras Shevchenko" - (application forms are on-line !) - to help with the work. It awards $228k annually and I think just a tiny fraction of that would be needed to help this place out.
Anyone up for some grounds keeping over the Thanksgiving Weekend !?