Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais today was pleased to open the picturesque Norman Edwards park on Sunshine Crescent, in the heart of the Orleans section of Cumberland Ward.
“It was my pleasure and honour to recognize one of Cumberland’s greatest generation with this park,” says Blais. “Norman Edwards vision in the 1940’s is still contributing to the quality of life for Cumberland residents today.”
Norman Edwards was elected Councilor the Township of Cumberland in 1940, and was elected Reeve in 1946. Mr. Edwards also served on the Council of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell and was Cumberland representative on the Ontario Good Roads Association, as well as being the first Director of the Navan Fair.
Norman Edwards’ Park amenities include but are not limited to the following, for all ages:
- Puddle rink
- Jr. Play Area
- Play structure and swings
- Informal play area
- Multi-use pathways for jogging and rollerblading
- Strolling pathways
- Extensive landscaping
- Naturalized Planting areas
The Edwards family also owned extensive farm lands in the area known today as Cardinal Creek, Queenswood Heights and Chatelaine Village.
“My father was a great man and great visionary for his community,” said his son, Bob Edwards, the only living member of Norman’s immediate family. “We are here today because of him and I know this would make him very proud.”