Prominent Canadians spend national day locally

Prominent Canadians spend national day locally

Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 8:46 pm

It’s Canada Day and several guests representing that nation are celebrating their “national birthday” in Obion County, helping us to mark the groundbreaking or “sod turning,” as it is known in Canadian circles, of Discovery Park of America. The names most familiar among those marking the occasion far to the south of their native homeland are Douglas Cardinal of Ottawa in Ontario, chief architect of the project, and his team: his son and firm vice president Bret Cardinal and senior project manager Mark Conley. Their families have accompanied them and are enjoying some vacation time in West Tennessee. Other Canadians with an interest in the project traveled to Obion County from as far away as Atlanta. There was also a Canadian delegation from Memphis. Among those were Judith Costello and B. Lee Mallory, representing Canadian consulates. The Canadians graciously decided to celebrate their own special holiday and the official “beginning” of Discovery Park of America by hosting a gala reception at the home of Robert and Jenny Kirkland of Union City following the groundbreaking, which was set for 10 a.m. today. The Kirkland Foundation is financing a large portion of the $100 million education-entertainment-tourist attraction being built on Union City’s northwest border and located between the proposed I-69 superhighway and Everett Boulevard or the Highway 51 Bypass. The idea for Discovery Park was Kirkland’s and he has invited area residents to help plan the park and many local businesses to help build Cardinal’s innovative plan. Cardinal is revered in Canada for his work on the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec, and in this country for his design of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Published in The Messenger 7.1.08

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