New Improvements to LeBreton Flats
The National Capital Commission has begun implementing interim improvements on lands at LeBreton Flats, adjacent to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Wellington Street at the Booth Street intersection. The objective is to create a hub for connectivity, a place of serenity and tranquility. This space will include a new home for the Fleck/Ahearn Fountain, in a symbolic and low-maintenance setting with artistic horticultural design, interpretive elements and public art.
This is first and foremost a very exciting Capital beautification initiative — developed in collaboration with Canadian Heritage, the Algonquin First Nations community and the public — which will greatly improve the gateway experience 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.
A Repurposed Landscape Returned to Public Use: Metaphorically and Literally Taking Down Fences
There is a transformative quality in the very bold, yet accessible thematic concept for the site, developed after extensive public consultations. Entitled “Harmony,” 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.
Tender and contract award — Summer 2015
Implementation — Fall 2015 to fall 2016
Installation of interpretive elements — Fall 2016