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Town Seeking Indigenous Artists, Healing Garden Expertise and Volunteers for Community Garden

Expressions of Interest for John Abel Park


The Town of Aurora is creating a vibrant new space—one that celebrates the intersection of culture, horticulture, and community spirit. John Abel Park, named after Councillor John Abel, is set to become a haven of tranquility and education, inviting residents and visitors alike to connect with nature, art, and each other.

The Town of Aurora is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals and groups eager to contribute their creativity and expertise to this project. The park will feature three distinct elements, each offering an opportunity for artists, consultants, and volunteers to leave their mark:

Wood Pole Carvings: Indigenous artists are invited to weave their stories and heritage into the fabric of John Abel Park by creating carvings to adorn the park's pathway. These installations will serve as a visual narrative, inviting visitors to delve into the rich cultural tapestry of Indigenous culture.

Educational Healing Garden: An Indigenous consultant will play a pivotal role in the design and implementation of an educational healing garden within the park. This healing garden will not only showcase the healing properties of native plants but also provide a space for reflection, learning, and connection with the land.

Community Garden Plot Program: A dedicated individual or volunteer group is sought to oversee the annual programming associated with the community garden plot program. This initiative aims to foster a sense of ownership and stewardship among community members, empowering them to cultivate both the land and a sense of belonging.

Located on Hartwell Way, the park will boast a range of amenities designed to engage and delight visitors of all ages. From the natural amphitheater to the nature-inspired play area, gardens and carvings, this park will be a space where nature, art, and community flourish in harmony.

The completion of the park is anticipated for the summer of 2024. Whether you're an Indigenous artist eager to share your vision, a horticulturalist passionate about healing gardens, or a dedicated volunteer ready to lend a hand, now is the time to get involved.

To learn more about the park or to submit your expression of interest, please visit