August 5, 2015 – Parkwood Greenhouses Receive a Federal Helping Hand
Nancy Shaw, President of The Parkwood Foundation, announced today the receipt of a federal grant to assist in restoration of the Parkwood greenhouse complex, of up to $ 502,936. The grant is provided by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and is a matching-fund program. Ms. Shaw noted: “This grant will provide up to 50% funding for the complete restoration of Parkwood’s greenhouse complex, or glass gardens – to borrow an early 20th century term. In fact our overall project is called: Saving Glass Gardens – A 2017 Celebration.”
Parkwood Executive Director Brian Malcolm added: “This is just the greatest news for The Parkwood Foundation, as we contemplate the celebration in 2017 of Canada’s 150th birthday along with the 100th birthday of this national built-heritage treasure. The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program and its theme – Giving Back to Canada – is an amazing fit with Sam McLaughlin’s story as an automotive pioneer and philanthropist, and it’s sure to be a point of inspiration for all Canadians.
Our Foundation is most grateful to the federal government for making this re-investment in Canada’s historic resources, and providing a tremendous boost to the efforts of Parkwood staff and volunteers in heritage stewardship. We also thank Oshawa MP Colin Carrie for championing the cause.”
Federal funding assistance will preserve an important part of the McLaughlin story and ensure further educational benefits for generations to come. The availability of fund-matching dollars is an invaluable support for fundraising, providing donors an opportunity to double the impact of their gifts and maximize on the amount of work that will be accomplished.
About Greenhouse Restoration
The Greenhouse complex at Parkwood is at serious risk of continued deterioration and even complete loss. Timely intervention is required, which fortunately will be made possible by this Federal grant support, and the fund–matching benefit.
Parkwood previously completed a greenhouse restoration pilot project in 2013/2014 on one of the greenhouses. This followed a formal conservation study/report, and it helped confirm the initial findings and the restoration requirements laid out in the report. These lessons will then be applied across the five greenhouses, or glass gardens still awaiting attention. The results of the completed pilot project are stunning, and they provide inspiration for the remainder of the greenhouse restoration work to come.
As always, Parkwood works with recognized heritage specialists and undertakes projects in accordance with the Standards and Guidelines for Historic Places in Canada.