A little slice of tranquility
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.”
The park can surprise motorists who don’t expect it.
Irving Seymour sits on a bench in the middle of a small park he put together outside his home in Butlerville.
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.