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posted by Christine Baird alias Summerside90 on Tuesday 31st of October 2017 01:11:51 PM

This place brings back many wonderful memories to me. As a child, we had many family outings to this Park, watching fireworks, swimming in the outdoor pool, and getting my first taste of licorice, which I did not like back then, and still don't :-). Otterville Park is the main recreational area of Otterville. It is a symbol of the days when parks were the centre of the community. Established in 1891 by the Otterville Park Company, which sold over one thousand, $1.00 shares, to create the park. The money allowed the Otterville Park Company to clear one acre, on the north bank of the Otter River, at a location that had previously been a favourite of picnickers. A footbridge over the river and approximately 10 acres of land were added to the park, by 1920. In 1924, a local building at the fair ground, Crystal Palace, was dismantled and the materials were used to build a Pavilion, in the park. Providing shelter for picnickers and acting as a dance floor and bandstand on various occasions, the Pavilion served as the centrepiece of the park. It is of post and beam construction with folding sides and simple scalloped ornamental braces on the posts. The Otterville Park entrance is marked by a fine cut fieldstone wall, with a pillared gateway, on the south bank of the river. Also incorporated into the design is a bronze plaque honouring the area's World War I veterans. The stonework was completed by local stonemason, Alfred E. Moore. Another significant feature, added in 1907, is an 1807 cannon, donated by the Federal Government. The cannon commemorates the centennial of the area's settlement. The park now features a swimming pool, ball diamond, horseshoe pitch, tennis and basketball courts, and children's playground. The park has minimal landscaping, but features many tall pines.

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