‘Un­til we meet again’

Dog park re­named in hon­our of the late Joel Ma­cLean

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

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

Nova Sco­tia

Lands staff. Ma­cLean

“In our of­fice if there was a mouse in the of­fice you had to let it out the door,”

he said.

“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

De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

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.’

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