Wood­side Na­tional His­toric Site gets fund­ing for new roof, site up­grades

Waterloo Region Record - - Local - Water­loo Re­gion Record

KITCH­ENER — The fed­eral govern­ment is pro­vid­ing funds to help re­store and en­hance for­mer prime min­is­ter Wil­liam Lyon Macken­zie King’s boy­hood home in Kitch­ener.

Wood­side Na­tional His­toric Site will re­ceive $521,000 from Parks Canada to put to­ward a re­cent roof re­place­ment, in­creased se­cu­rity mea­sures and fu­ture trail up­grades, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The pop­u­lar his­toric site tucked away on Welling­ton Street North in Kitch­ener fea­tures a Vic­to­rian-era house filled with the tenth prime min­is­ter’s fam­ily heir­looms and re­pro­duc­tions from that era. It is sur­rounded by 11.5 acres of ma­ture wood­land.

This in­fu­sion of funds will help pay for the re­place­ment of 400 me­tres of her­itage fenc­ing, com­pleted in 2017, as well as a new her­itage roof us­ing cedar shakes that was com­pleted in June. The se­cu­rity sys­tem is also un­der­go­ing up­dates with new wiring and sen­sors. Next spring, the site will also un­dergo path­way im­prove­ments and light­ing up­grades in the pop­u­lar wooded area that sur­rounds the his­toric house.

This fund­ing is part of a $3 bil­lion in­vest­ment to sup­port in­fra­struc­ture work to na­tional his­toric sites, parks and marine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas over the next five years.

Wood­side Na­tional His­toric Site’s grounds are open year-round. The house is open un­til Dec. 23 from Thurs­day to Sun­day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, visit the web­site at pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/ on/wood­side.

WATER­LOO RE­GION RECORD FILE PHOTO

Wood­side Na­tional His­toric Site is re­ceiv­ing $521,000 from Parks Canada.

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