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210 Ann Street

Municipal Address:
210 Ann Street, Belleville, ON K8N 5G2

Legal Description:
Lots 14 and 15, East Side of William Street and Lots 14 and 15, West Side of Ann Street, Registered Plan Number 1

Type:
Heritage Landscape

Date Designated:
July 16, 2007, By-Law #2007-122

Key attributes of the garden that express its historical association with the Corby family include:

  • the plaque marking the park's donation by the family near the fountain, a replacement of an earlier plaque; and
  • the stone signs marking the southwest and northeast entrances to the park with the Corby name, installed for Canada's Centennial in 1967.

Key attributes of the garden that express its contextual value as a cultural landscape and an anchor for the Old East Hill include:

  • its location, orientation, and dimensions;
  • its park-like setting, including its mature trees;
  • its lighted curvilinear pathways, passing near a central fountain;
  • a central fountain;
  • its regularly spaced benches, allowing visitors to take in the scene; and
  • its wide assortment of rose bushes, perennials, and annuals.

Miscellaneous:

The Corby Park has significant historical value in its association with the Corby family. The land was donated to the City in April of 1905 by Senator and Mrs. Henry (Harry) Corby for the sole use of its citizens as a public park, which opened in July of that year. The Corby family has played a significant role in the City's development through the Corby Distillery, their involvement in politics at various levels of government, and various other contributions such as the City's first library.

The property also has significant contextual value. For over a hundred years, it has been a place where people have been able to enjoy quiet reflection in a picturesque recreation area. On the occasion of Canada's Centennial in 1967, the garden was transformed from one containing trees, shrubbery, and an ornamental fountain into a unique rose garden containing over 2000 rose bushes of 65 varieties. The garden is unique in the province because of the wide variety of rose bushes, as well as other perennial and annual flowering plants. It contains two Northern Catalpa trees that are approximately 130 years old, some of the oldest of their kind in Ontario. Because of its central position, the garden is strongly linked to its surroundings, and has become the heart of the "Old East Hill" historic district.

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