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