Same day, different park.
This may become a trend during my vacation, to visit as many urban parks around Ottawa as I can in one week. Well, maybe not.
After my lunch date and photographic tour of Dundonald Park on Monday, I walked many city blocks to another. I had wanted to visit Piazza Dante due to passing by during the morning commute. The bust of Dante Alighieri visible from Gladstone Avenue had me intrigued for months.
The clouds were starting to gather as I darkened the Booth Street entrance to Piazza Dante. I was expecting a wee adventure into Dante’s nine circles of hell, the divine comedy. A small melodic and sentimental portion of my brain hummed Dante’s Prayer by Loreena McKennitt.
I stood in front of a war monument and took time to reflect.
I was intrigued by the plaque, the organization logo and the stately bird.
Next I visited the Memorial Wall, a commemoration to the Italian Canadians who showed their loyalty or who were unfortunate enough to be interned during the Second World War.
Apparently, prior to the 2011 renovations, there used to be a fountain in the centre of the former park. I think they had problems with people swimming in it?
- Images of Centretown blog post August 2011
- Little Italy article circa 2000
- City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson message June 2012
Next, I sat on one of the benches and enjoyed the scenery. I was the only visitor in the park.
Soon the clouds thickened even more. I decided it was time to leave, to catch my first of two buses home before any rain started falling. If anything, I was a bit disappointed there was no deeper, symbolic reference to Dante for this park.
At least my curiosity was satisfied in visiting the park and capturing some images, some creative inspiration, some solitude and community memories. It is interesting what other images one can also discover when searching Google images for Piazza Dante Ottawa.
Thanks for dropping by.