William Cantley Park and Tony Murphy park both enjoyed official openings July 6th with the latter located in Unionville.
Tony Murphy is a lifelong resident of the famous village within our city whose volunteer efforts have garnered the following:
- Mayor’s Seniors’ Hall of Fame Award
- Queen’s Jubilee Medal for volunteerism
- Honourary membership of the Canadian Legion
Murphy and his family attended the opening of the park now adorned with eight colourful Muskoka chair and a recently planted Freeman’s Maple tree.
William Cantly was honoured shortly thereafter with a park in Victoria Square furnished with playgrounds, pergola, basketball court, and a walkway.
Cantly was the first inn-keeper, establishing his business in 1837 that accommodated working travelers and farmers. It also provided a social meeting spot for local political groups and entertainment nights.
Both dedications are inspired by the city’s motto of Leading While Remembering, ensuring our past is continuously tied to our future.
(Photo Credit, Martin Kwok picturing L to R: Deputy Mayor, Don Hamilton; Mayor Frank Scarpitti; Alan Ho, Ward 2 Councillor; Joe Li, Regional Councillor; Andy Taylor, City CAO)