Harmony Park

In partnership with the Algonquin First Nation communities of Pikwàkanagàn and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, as well as Canadian Heritage, the NCC has created a new park highlighting Indigenous culture and heritage

New improvements to LeBreton Flats

Design Concept – LeBreton Flats Harmony Park

Design Concept – LeBreton Flats Harmony Park

This Capital beautification initiative will greatly improve the gateway experience when 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.

The lands at LeBreton Flats, adjacent to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and Wellington Street at the Booth Street intersection will include the following improvements:

  • the creation of a symbolic and low-maintenance setting with artistic horticultural design
  • interpretive elements and public art
  • a new home for the Fleck/Ahearn Fountain

A repurposed landscape returned to public use

There is a transformative quality in the very bold, yet accessible, thematic concept for the site, developed after extensive public consultations. 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.

Next steps

  • Implementation: Ongoing
  • Installation of interpretive elements: Spring 2017
  • Official opening: Summer 2017