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Cridge Park honours namesake

After months of investment in Cridge Park, the descendants of Bishop Edward Cridge joined the mayor to cut cake and celebrate the park’s renewal.

The long-neglected greenspace on Belleville and Blanshard streets was slated for redevelopment, but city council had a change of heart. Instead, the park will get new lighting, paved paths, wrought iron fences, bench seating and a plaza. The ceremony honoured the installation of the final piece: interpretive plaques commemorating the park’s history.

Bishop Cridge was one of Victoria’s earliest philanthropists. Audrey Cridge Finch, his oldest living descendant, and her great grandson Logan O’Brien attended the ceremony.

rholmen@vicnews.com

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