Harbour Grace wants in on Hall of Fame
The move out of S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium into the new Dan Cleary Community Centre left the Harbour Grace Sports Hall of Fame without a home. The town’s sporting history is considerable, and work is already underway to have some memorabilia displayed inside the new arena. Coun. Gord Stone would like to see the town get more involved with the Hall of Fame.
When Harbour Grace moved their stadium operations to the Danny Cleary Community Centre earlier this fall, they were left without a home for the town’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Previously, it had been a fixture in the main room upstairs at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium where the items collected by the hall of fame committee where it was prominently displayed in the hospitality room.
At the new facility, pictures from the hall have been displayed on the wall of the new multi-purpose room upstairs and stadium manager Mike Adam is working on designing some new display cases for the memorabilia and getting price quotes.
Coun. Gord Stone expressed his desire to see the town have a larger involvement in the process.
“In this regard, I think we need to start taking a closer look at how we do this,”
They want to spend some time studying, researching, being in our communities to assess our current situation from a tourism, economic and demographic perspective. Hayward Blake
he said during the town’s Nov. 29 regular council meeting. “I think council will generally be supportive of the idea, but I think we have closer control on where it’s going, what type of cabinets we buy. I even think we need to have a discussion with the Sports Hall of Fame as to what should be included. It shouldn’t just be a carte blanche of what’s going to go there.”
Stone said he’d like to see a committee struck that would work with the Hall of Fame to ensure the work gets done and see it developed into a tourist attraction.
“I think we need to think about a lot,” he said.
At its previous meeting, the Harbour Grace council unanimously approved a proposal to turn the former Cuff’s Pub property on Water Street into a pub and restaurant.
Leonard S. Farrell’s proposal was again on the table at this meeting as councillors added a condition on their approval.
They’d like to see the building maintain the heritage features as a building front.
Harbour Grace and the provincial Heritage Foundation are working together to produce an oral history of the railway in this region.
Together, they held a photos and stories swap at the Danny Cleary Community Centre on Dec. 4 aimed at producing an accurate picture of the Newfoundland railway in Conception Bay North as told through the stories from people who worked in some way with the railway and others who might have stories surrounding it.
This oral history project was a part of Collective Memories Project.
In last couple of years, the town has been the subject of a study done by the prestigious Harvard University where a group of students met with local leaders and residents in an effort to gain a better understanding of the area.
Now, Harbour Grace has the opportunity to get involved in another academic study. This one is being put off by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, which is a group involved with the federal government.
“This project, that the University of Waterloo has taken the lead on is called ‘Between Land and Water: The Future of Newfoundland’s Outports,’’ said Coun. Hayward Blake. “It’s a partnership whereby they want to work with three communities in Newfoundland – Harbour Grace is one of them. They want to spend some time studying, researching, being in our communities to assess our current situation from a tourism, economic and demographic perspective.”
Where it’s university project, the results of their findings will be published both provincially and nationally.
The town moved to write a letter to the group expressing their interest to be involved in the study and it was approved unanimously.
The Danny Cleary Community Centre will be home to Harbour Grace’s Sports Hall of Fame. They just have to decide where they’re putting it.