‘Until we meet again’
Dog park renamed in honour of the late Joel MacLean
The dog park at Open Hearth Park has been renamed to honour one of the people who had been instrumental in its addition to the remediated former steel site.
The park officially became known as Joel MacLean Memorial Dog Park two weeks ago to honour the man who was once in charge of the cleanup, redevelopment and repurposing of the former Sydney Steel site, which became the Harbourside Commercial Park.
MacLean, who died earlier this year, was also the secretariat for the redevelopment of the Sydney Tar Ponds.
“He wasn’t just a good and dedicated professional, he was also a family man,” said Gerry McCarron, the parks current chief operating officer.
“Dogs and animals were also his passion and we found it very fitting to name the park for Joel.”
MacLean wanted a dog part for the community to enjoy as part of the completed Open Hearth Park project. And McCarron said stories of his friend’s love of animals, especially dogs, remain well known among
Lands staff. MacLean
“In our office if there was a mouse in the office you had to let it out the door,”
“One of our clients had a big pit bull. Joe always had treats in his desk and the dog would come right into his office digging at his desk, knowing there were treats in there.”
MacLean was an engineer by trade and worked for Sydney Steel in the 1970s before moving on to a role with the Cape Breton
He returned to Sydney Steel in 1980 and worked there until its closure in 2001. He joined the cleanup and remediation project in 2007 as a manager for Nova Scotia Lands.
The Whitney Pier native, who died just five days after his retirement in March, also wrote a book on his family’s Scottish
The Gaelic quote on the bottom of those writings — Gus sinn a coinneachadh a-rithist, Gaelic for ‘until we meet again — is now on the sign that bears MacLean’s face and name that’s found at the entrance of the dog park.
The dog park at Open Hearth Park was recently renamed the Joel MacLean Memorial Dog Park. MacLean was a former chief operating officer of Open Hearth Park. The sign also features the saying Gus sinn a coinneachadh a-rithist, which is Gaelic for ‘until we meet again.’