The community of Rideau Lakes is coming together on Saturday, September 30, 2023, to celebrate the new Millstream Park in Delta, and honour community champion, Cathy Livingston.
As part of the Delta Harvest Festival, a grand opening of Delta’s newest park will take place. Millstream Park, located on King St., includes a greenspace, waterfront amphitheatre and accessible docking facilities. It serve as a gathering place for the community and provides boat access to the village core and its businesses as well as a paddling launch point. Opening remarks will take place at 11 a.m., with live music to follow.
The event will also include a tribute to former Councillor Cathy Livingston, who passed away in December 2022. She was a dedicated community champion. Beyond her role with Rideau Lakes Council, Councillor Livingston was an active member of the Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, the Delta and Area Community Enhancement Committee, the Delta Mill Society, the Delta Fair, St. Paul’s Community Centre and the Delta United Church among other organizations. She worked tirelessly to showcase Delta’s history, beauty and opportunity as an important part of Rideau Lakes and the region.
The park is located adjacent to Delta’s Old Stone Mill National Historic Site and across the street from the historic Jubilee Block. It is a key element of the Township’s multi-year strategic effort to renew and revitalize its villages. This follows recent 1GBS broadband fiber and other strategic investments in all its villages.
This Millstream Park project was a community-driven development. It was funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). The financial contribution, provided as part of the Canada Community Revitalization Fund, supported the enhanced the features of the park now available to all visitors and residents to the Village of Delta.
“We are proud to support this beautiful new space for the community to come together. Spaces that are safe, green, and accessible bring in more people and lead to a stronger community for everyone. We also acknowledge the passing of Cathy Livingston, former councillor and community champion in this region. Gathering at the new greenspace is a beautiful way to honour her legacy and tireless advocacy for the residents of Rideau Lakes,” said the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
Along with the funding from the Government of Canada and the Township of Rideau Lakes, the Delta Community Improvement Committee and Delta and Area Community Enhancement Committee worked tirelessly to fundraise and solicit donations from more than 20 private donors and foundations including the Good Foundation, William James Henderson Foundation and 5B Family Foundation who will be recognized on a donor wall designed to reflect the natural beauty of the area.
About FedDev Ontario
For 14 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
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