A lit­tle slice of tran­quil­ity

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Irving Sey­mour’s pub­lic park started when his son asked him to make a brook.

The But­lerville res­i­dent worked in land­scap­ing be­fore and thought he’d give it a shot.

A few feet from his home, there was a nat­u­ral brook hid­den by some of the brush on the side of the road. He just needed to cut away the fo­liage and give it some new life.

The re­sult is some­thing that has res­i­dents buzzing about. Sey­mour’s cre­ation be­came a small park at the end of But­lerville.

“A few rocks here and few rocks there and be­fore you know it, you have this here,” he said. “This is what the end re­sult is. All you’ve got to do is go on Google Maps and go out through the road to see what it looked then to what it looks like know.”

It’s a sight that catches mo­torists by sur­prise if they’re not fa­mil­iar with the area.

It’s noth­ing elab­o­rate and is made up of ma­te­ri­als you can get with your car.

Over the past decade or so, he’s crafted some­thing unique for the area. It’s a com­bi­na­tion of rock walls, nat­u­ral beauty and some man-made in­ge­nu­ity.

It all re­volves around the brook. Dozens of flat rocks make up walls that fol­low the brooks path, while oth­ers make up steps and a short walk­way around area.

A bench rests on a large boul­der that Sey­mour used as a cen­tre­piece for the project.

Over half-a-dozen plants were added to the park this year to give it some colour.

In re­cent years, he’s added a memo­rial for peo­ple he’s lost that were close to him and his fam­ily.

It’s pos­si­ble to find peace in this al­cove.

“When it’s dark out, this is the most tran­quil spot,” said Sey­mour point­ing to the soft bab­bling of the brook run­ning through the park. “You can come here and what­ever stress you have leaves you.”

When he started, Sey­mour had a well where a white bench sits now. Peo­ple would stop by and throw some loose change in there by and by, but it be­came a haz­ard.

When­ever he finds a sliver of time, that’s where you’ll usu­ally find him. Maybe he’ll straighten out a rock here or plot his next move.

Just a few feet away from the far wall, a pile of flat stones rest wait­ing for the time when they get added to the wall.

When it’s dark out, this is the most tran­quil spot. Irving Sey­mour

Next up is get­ting some crushed red stone for a front por­tion of the park, while also land­scap­ing the deep­est part of the area to in­clude a bench.

The park is a pop­u­lar place for pho­to­graphs. It pro­vides a pic­turesque set­ting with its mix­ture of green, brown and grey colours. It’s ideal for a cou­ple look­ing to get wed­ding pho­tos done or even just a fam­ily por­trait.

This piece isn’t all that Sey­mour would like to trans­form. He’d like to give the whole area around the park the same uni­formed look.

“There’s been a lot of time and ef­fort, but you can see the fruits of your labour,” he said. “I did it to give back to the com­mu­nity.”

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The park can sur­prise mo­torists who don’t ex­pect it.

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Irving Sey­mour sits on a bench in the mid­dle of a small park he put to­gether out­side his home in But­lerville.

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A rock here and a rock there is how Irving Sey­mour de­signed this.

This mem­ory plaque re­mem­bers some of Sey­mour’s loved ones who have died.

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