Har­bour Grace res­i­dent wants new sta­dium to hon­our com­mu­nity lead­ers

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cbn­com­pass.ca

It is still months be­fore what goes on the in­side of the new Har­bour Grace sta­dium gets de­cided, but one man has an idea on what he would like to see.

Har­bour Grace res­i­dent and businessman David Moores would like to see one par­ti­tion of the in­side walls ded­i­cated to a Hall of Fame type ven­ture. It would not be lim­ited to sports fig­ures who made a con­tri­bu­tion to the area, but open to any­one along the Bac­calieu Trail who has con­trib­uted to their com­mu­nity or is seen as a leader.

Moores sees fire­fight­ers, teach­ers, mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials and oth­ers as prime can­di­dates for what he calls “He­roes and Lead­ers of the Bac­calieu Trail.”

Sim­i­lar to what Gan­der cur­rently has rest­ing be­tween its ice rink and swim­ming pool, the wall would be com­prised of plaques with names, oc­cu­pa­tions and con­tri­bu­tions listed.

“You look at our history … you could pick out the names of peo­ple who pro­vided some lead­er­ship to the com­mu­nity,” said Moores.

In a let­ter ad­dressed to coun­cil March 2014, Moores of­fered a couple of ini­tial sug­ges­tions for what he calls a “liv­ing mon­u­ment.”

Names like Capt. Bob Bartlett, Cpl. Jamie Mur­phy, E.J. Pratt and oth­ers are at the top of his list.

“I’m suggest­ing you ask your univer­sity and his­tor­i­cal peo­ple to se­lect var­i­ous names from our so­ci­ety and they would be the foun­da­tion pieces,” said Moores. “Ev­ery year, a com­mu­nity could nom­i­nate some­one.”

The next group of names would come from the dozens of com­mu­ni­ties that finds them­selves on the trail. Moores en­vi­sions it be­ing an an­nual nom­i­na­tion process where towns could come for­ward with a name of one of their cit­i­zens that they’d like to have placed on the wall.

“I would like to see a se­lec­tion com­mit­tee struck to re­view var­i­ous names com­ing for­ward,” he said. “The com­mit­tee would be made up of res­i­dents from com­mu­ni­ties on the Bac­calieu Trail.”

The sta­dium is the ideal spot for such a project be­cause, as Moores sees it, it is the iudeal start­ing point. It’s be­ing billed as a re­gional cen­tre by town of­fi­cials.

Moores sees the wall as a kick­ing off point to get the re­gion­al­iza­tion con­ver­sa­tion started in earnest.

“We are al­ways a frac­tious crowd. There is no sense of re­gional com­mu­nity here,” he said. “Con­cep­tion Bay South works as a com­mu­nity and Con­cep­tion Bay North has never been. Hope­fully, it’ll be a spark.”

Moores is not the first per­son re­cently to start pro­mot­ing the thought of a re­gional gov­ern­ment. Har­bour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes is also think­ing about things larger than his town.

In a re­cent ar­ti­cle, Barnes was quoted as say­ing “I think we should come to­gether as one. We’ve all got to stick to­gether.”

When asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of hav­ing some­thing akin to what Moores was suggest­ing, Barnes in­di­cated some­thing al­ready is in the works. The hos­pi­tal­ity room at the old sta­dium houses a sports mu­seum with mul­ti­ple cases of mem­o­ra­bilia.

There are other pieces not on dis­play that Barnes said the town would look to dis­play. He was open to the idea of a me­mo­rial wall as well.

“We’re go­ing to have a room ded­i­cated to a mu­seum,” said the mayor. “That’s some­thing we’re go­ing to in­cor­po­rate into the new one. There is lots of ex­tra space.”

“The time is here now for us to be think­ing re­gion­ally,” added Moores. “We have to think big­ger than the in­di­vid­ual town. It has to come from the top.”

I’m suggest­ing you ask your univer­sity and his­tor­i­cal peo­ple to se­lect var­i­ous names from our so­ci­ety and they would be the foun­da­tion pieces. Ev­ery year, a com­mu­nity could nom­i­nate some­one. David Moores

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Har­bour Grace res­i­dent David Moores wants to see a wall of recog­ni­tion for CBN cit­i­zens placed in the new Har­bour Grace sta­dium.

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