An urban park, some history and present day pics

I happened to pass through Dundonald park yesterday while on vacation.  

Why on earth would I venture into the busy, noisy downtown area during my week off?  Well, I was honouring a special lunch invitation with friends who live close by.


You may recall a previous post about Dundonald Park, or a post on another blog with photographs and a poem.

Those who know me in the Ottawa reading and writing community, may recall a book review from a few years ago and my encounter with a friendly, talkative bench warmer.  He introduced me to Igor Gouzenko, the Russian cipher clerk who courageously exposed his government’s spying activities during the cold war.

In his slurred speech and wobbly stance he declared, “If it wasn’t for this man, we’d all be speaking Russian!”

Igor Gouzenko Gov. Canada Sign

Igor Gouzenko Gov. Canada Sign


As I took pictures of the signs and plaques honouring this cold war hero, I thought about the Canadian communications worker who recently sold secrets to foreign powers, or those Americans who struggled with internal conflicts about integrity and chose to expose their own government’s activities.   One of them is seeking asylum with the same country whose government Igor exposed for spying on citizens.  Ironic?

Igor Gouzenko Ottawa Sign

Igor Gouzenko Ottawa Sign


It’s not a black and white world.  The lines of integrity and honour seem blurred just as my photographs of these plaques are mottled by the summer sunlight and shade of the park’s trees.

As I moved on, I captured that poster pole plastered with advertisements of events to come.  

I stood in appreciation of this method of communication in a time when information about events and news are immediately accessible and can travel so quickly.  Sometimes the news travels quicker than the facts are checked.  

I pondered the storage space my photographs would take if and when I would upload to one of my many blogs and attempt to write about my experience.  

Dundonald Park Poster Post

Dundonald Park Poster Post

I next captured one of the tables surrounded by a patchwork of summer shade.  I felt a lonely, eerie sense in that of the dozens of times I had visited this park, I had not once seen people playing checkers or chess at one of these tables.



At least the little blue chalk heart drawn on the corner of the table made me smile.

On the way out, I encountered more chalk drawings.

Dundonald Park Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

Dundonald Park Sidewalk Chalk Drawings

My love of innocence and playfulness returned as I continued on to meet my friends for that special lunch.

Thank you for reading this far.  Have you visited an urban park recently?  Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments box below.



About shewrite63

I am Theresa. I am a Mother, Grandmother and intermittent writer. I published a bittersweet novel in 2011 under the pen name of Florence T Lyon. I am also a real life survivor, community volunteer, Archives and Records Management graduate, and long-time IT support worker trying to keep up with technological changes. Can't eke a living off of my writing skills - yet!
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4 Responses to An urban park, some history and present day pics

  1. Pingback: Another urban park – Piazza Dante | Shewrite63

  2. When we drive to Toronto, we like to turn off 401 and stop at the central park in a town along the way for a break instead of going to a service center. I think you’re enjoying your birthday week; thanks for sharing the charm.

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