The lilac gardens just off of Logie Street in Lindsay are little more than stumps right now, and local residents and tourists will have to wait another year to enjoy the space once again.
With the redevelopment of Logie Street Park in Lindsay the park is currently closed and will remain closed until the park redevelopment is complete in 2019, according to Communications, Advertising and Marketing Officer for the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ashley Webster.
“In December 2017 a significant number of the existing lilac shrubs were dug and transported to a local nursery where the shrubs will be cared for during the initial construction phase,” she tells The Lindsay Advocate.
“The Lilac shrubs will be will replanted at the park during the final phases of construction in 2019. Any remaining lilac shrubs that were not transported off site will be relocated within the park in April 2018,” she says.
There is posted signage about the redevelopment of Logie Street Park installed at the park entrance points. A finalized design for the park is expected in May, with significant construction to commence later this summer.
As indicated on their website, the Lilac Gardens of Lindsay began in 1994 as a vision by Len Shea, a Lindsay Citizen of the Year, to plant a legacy of lilacs for Lindsay. The Millennium project was conceived by founding the ‘Lilacs for Lindsay’ group of like-minded Citizens of the Year proposing to make Lindsay “abundant with lilacs” by having “a lilac in every garden”, on public and private properties, and developing a horticultural garden featuring lilacs.
The website notes that with endorsement from the Master Gardeners, and the Horticultural Society, they presented their proposal to Lindsay Town Council at the time. In 1998, a ‘seed money’ grant, from the Lindsay & District Horticultural Society, enabled the first 209 lilacs of eleven different species to be planted.