The City of Charlottetown contains approximately 400 acres of parkland and greenspace. The City of Charlottetown has a long history of valuing public parklands. Charlottetown’s first park was created in 1873 when 40 acres of land was transferred from the Crown for the sole purpose of a park for the citizens of Charlottetown. Victoria Park is located at the mouth of the Charlottetown harbour.
There are four historic squares within the boundaries of historic old Charlottetown: Rochford Square, Connaught Square, Hillsborough Square, and Kings Square. These squares were laid out in a plan drawn by surveyor Thomas Wright in 1771. These squares have been sources of civic pride since the first community tree planting took place in 1884.
Since the early 1990’s Charlottetown has been concentrating on making its waterfront a destination for local residents and tourists alike. Confederation Landing Park, located adjacent to Peakes Quay Marina, was developed through a national design competition in 1993. This park is popular for many of the special events that take place in the summer in the city.
Recently a park at one of the entrances to the city, at the corner of Grafton and Edward St. was redeveloped through the efforts of a community interest group, The Lake of Shining Waters Chapter of the International Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE). The park was renamed Joseph A. Ghiz Memorial Park in 2000. This park now includes a commemorative garden to Joseph A. Ghiz, a former premier of Prince Edward Island, as well as many other upgrades.
In 2000, as part of a millennium project for the Charlottetown Kiwanis Club, and in cooperation with surrounding neighbours, one of the four historic green squares was redeveloped. Rochford Square, a four-hectare rectangle across from the Provincial Buildings on Pownal St. was developed into a Victorian-style Garden, complete with new pathways, ornate flowerbeds, benches and new shrub beds. This is now a popular location for wedding photographs and tourist pictures.
The Charlottetown Parks and Recreation Department is undertaking a Master Plan for both old and new parks. The plan will dictate capital spending for park upgrades throughout the city.
Lewis Point Woodland Neighbourhood Meeting (PDF)