Town Park Gates

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Fundraising Goal: $10,500

You can help by donating and by telling others! Donate in the following ways:

Click here for the "Raise the Gate and Celebrate" Community Giving Guide

Project Update:

The current concrete gate pillars, wrought iron fencing and stone pylon located at the entrance of the Town Agricultural Park are dated and are deteriorating. Becoming a safety issue, the gate pillars need to be replaced to permit safe access to the Town Park and to the Agricultural Fair.

Partners:

  • Municipality of Port Hope
  • Port Hope & District Agricultural Society
  • Port Hope Branch of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario
  • Port Hope Rotary Club
  • Port Hope Kinsmen

Supporters:

  • Trade Tech Industries (Port Hope)
  • Northumberland Federation of Agriculture
  • R. Brooking Tree Service
  • Bewdley and District Lions Club

Grants:

  • Canadian Heritage
  • Farm Credit Canada AgriSpirit Fund 

The revitalization of the gate entrance will include constructing new pillars with consideration of preserving the historic value and design of the gates. The current stage (pylon) area is beyond repair and isn’t ideal for the set-up of admission gates and access to the park. Recognition of the significant contribution from the community and increased functionality for the gate area is a priority.

The planned work involves:

  • demolition of the old gate pillars;
  • replacement with new, engineered pillars;
  • replacement of fencing and entrance sign;
  • removal of the pylon;
  • replacement of the centennial monument & plaque on a new concrete foundation; and
  • work to improve accessibility on the walkway and address issues pertaining to the existing trees and landscaping.

Help us reach our Fundraising Goal of $10,500

You can help by donating and by telling others! Donate in the following ways:

Gift In-Kind Items

  • Entrance Sign $ 5,000          
  • Planting of Trees $ 1,200
  • Wrought Iron Fencing $ 5,000          
  • Concrete $ 1,500

Your Donation Counts!

Every bit counts! All cash donations are welcome and will be used to help offset the cost to complete the Town Park Agricultural Gates Project

All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. Donations over $250 will be included as part of the Town Park Gates recognition program.

Call us today! 

This opportunity is open to all caring and community-minded groups, businesses and individuals.

For more information, contact:

Julia Snoek,
Community Development Program Manager,
Municipality of Port Hope
jsnoek@porthope.ca
905 885 2474

www.porthope.ca

Connie Martinell,
Past President,
Port Hope & District Agricultural Society
connie@eagle.ca
905 797 2088 

www.porthopefair.com

A little bit of history~

The gate pillars installed by the Agricultural Society were constructed to coincide with the gift of the stone pylon to the Port Hope Agricultural Society (est. 1831) from the Ontario Government in 1945 in recognition of over 100 years of service.

The reconstruction of the original gate entrance comprising of six concrete pillars, wrought iron fencing and a stone stage/pylon will also commemorate the anniversary of the 225th anniversary of the first harvest of wheat in Hope Township (now the Municipality of Port Hope) on the north shore of Lake Ontario (1794 to 2019) which, according to old newspaper articles, seems to also be the first wheat harvest on the entire north shore of Lake Ontario between what is now known as Burlington and Belleville.  

The 225th Wheat Harvest is an important historical event because it celebrates the anniversary of the land in early Ontario yielding wheat crops, and the early history of Ontario agriculture. As the original gate entrance installed in 1945 was to commemorate a significant istorical achievement, it would be fitting to have the reconstruction of this entrance to also commemorate a significant historical event of the 225th Wheat Harvest. 

The Port Hope Town Park has been the centre of local agricultural gatherings for more than a century, where the main gate entrance has welcomed centuries of farm families in celebration of our agricultural heritage. The Port Hope Fair is the oldest Fair in Central Ontario, and a significant agricultural event in the County of Northumberland.