This Capital beautification initiative will greatly improve the gateway experience when entering the Capital’s core area. It will also serve as a catalyst for the ongoing development of LeBreton Flats, bringing life and activity to the area.
The lands at LeBreton Flats, adjacent to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Wellington Street at the Booth Street intersection will include the following improvements:
There is a transformative quality in the very bold, yet accessible, thematic concept for the site, developed after extensive public consultations. The theme celebrates the Anishinabe (Algonquin) philosophy of living with nature and “looking after the earth,” representing the important yet fragile balance between people and our living ecosystems, namely land, water and sky.
Building upon the landmark qualities of the present and future of LeBreton Flats, the site will be rich, green and colourful, as a romantic gardenesque-style public green space, with bold and dynamic land forms, symbolizing movement through the landscape. The site will also provide better appreciation and understanding of the Anishinabe culture and values, through interpretive and public art elements.
In addition, a small temporary plaza on the west side of Booth Street will be added to display the Fleck/Ahearn Fountain, originally erected in the late 1800s. This stone fountain was dedicated to the memory of Lilias W. Fleck, wife of Alexander Fleck and mother-in-law of Thomas Ahearn. The site interpretation will focus on the fountain’s connection to Thomas Ahearn and his role as a builder of Canada’s Capital.