Parc Gérald-Leblanc Park

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The late Gérald Leblanc is a well-known and recognized Acadian poet and writer, who placed Moncton and its local dialect chiac (an eclectic mix of French and English) as the central elements of his work. Prior to his passing in 2005, he was a familiar face in downtown, encouraging impromptu artistic and philosophical discussions in cafés, etc. He was also a songwriter for legendary Acadian artists 1755 and Marie-Jo Thério.

In 2016, two Université de Moncton professors (Benoît Doyon-Gosselin and Raoul Boudreau) proposed that a prominent space in downtown be name to honour Gérald Leblanc’s literary legacy. The green space at City Hall was deemed the ideal location (with the family’s blessing); in the 2019 budget, City Council approved Capital Works funding to move forward with renovating the space.

Public feedback is requested, in order to design a beautiful and functional area, considering the following:

  • The space chosen for this project is an ideal area in downtown;
  • It is a popular location for downtown workers and residents to gather – understanding how people use and feel about it is essential to designing an inviting (and useful!) space.
  • It is important to honour Gérald Leblanc and his work appropriately in the design.
  • The space was also envisioned in 2014 to be an extension of the Downing Place redevelopment, to further connect Main Street to the Petitcodiac River.

The late Gérald Leblanc is a well-known and recognized Acadian poet and writer, who placed Moncton and its local dialect chiac (an eclectic mix of French and English) as the central elements of his work. Prior to his passing in 2005, he was a familiar face in downtown, encouraging impromptu artistic and philosophical discussions in cafés, etc. He was also a songwriter for legendary Acadian artists 1755 and Marie-Jo Thério.

In 2016, two Université de Moncton professors (Benoît Doyon-Gosselin and Raoul Boudreau) proposed that a prominent space in downtown be name to honour Gérald Leblanc’s literary legacy. The green space at City Hall was deemed the ideal location (with the family’s blessing); in the 2019 budget, City Council approved Capital Works funding to move forward with renovating the space.

Public feedback is requested, in order to design a beautiful and functional area, considering the following:

  • The space chosen for this project is an ideal area in downtown;
  • It is a popular location for downtown workers and residents to gather – understanding how people use and feel about it is essential to designing an inviting (and useful!) space.
  • It is important to honour Gérald Leblanc and his work appropriately in the design.
  • The space was also envisioned in 2014 to be an extension of the Downing Place redevelopment, to further connect Main Street to the Petitcodiac River.

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    Immigrants park

    by PS, over 1 year ago

    As a new immigrant, this was the first park we visited. I just cannot forget the tall trees and the blissful sitting area ever. Most of the new immigrants visit this park and use it as a landmark location

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    Moncton Mantra

    by Dan B, over 1 year ago

    J'ai lu, à la recommendation d'un ami, Moncton Mantra. J'étais déjà déménagé à Moncton depuis quelques années, et je ne connaissais pas beaucoup l'écrivain. Le roman m'a fait tomber en amour non seulement avec Leblanc, mais aussi avec Moncton (à nouveau). Même si le récit se déroule dans le Moncton des années passées, j'y ai trouvé une communauté non seulement acadienne, mais monctonienne. Très heureux que le parc bénéficie d'un facelift prochainement. Une autre raison d'aimer notre belle ville!

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    Joe Moka moment

    by CharFlew , over 1 year ago

    The stories of the everyday is what made Gérald the most famous. Listening to him while outside joe moka cafe on Robinson court was one of my favourite things as a young adult. It’s also part of why I learned French so well.

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