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(Posted 8:30 a.m., June 24)
Former Cumberland town councillor to have park named after her

Fred Sherwin
OrléansOnline.ca

Linda Dunn served on Cumberland town council from 1986 to 1991. During her term in office she was instrumental in initiating the first blue box program in a rural municipality in Ontario.

But none of those accomplishements can quite compare to that of being a grandmother. Dunn has five granchildren between the ages of two and six with another one on the way.

Visiting the neighbourhood park off Celeste Avenue in South Fallingbrook with at least three of the grandchildren who live in the area has become a common ritual. Up until now the park didn't have a name. It does now.

"The kids have already started calling it Grandma's Park," says Dunn whose name will soon grace the entrance to the park.

On Thursday the city's community services committee endorsed a staff recommendation to rename the park Linda Dunn Park. The recommendation will now go to city council where it is expected to be approved.

Dunn is tickled pink at the idea, and she was completely surprised when Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais informed her of his plans to have the park renamed in her honour.

"I was absolutey stunned. I was so surprised, I had no idea," says Dunn. "It's a very nice park. It has an active area with a play structure for the kids and it has a passive area where the kids can run around and grandma can just sit and watch them."

The park, which is located at 1885 Celeste Way, also has access to a small environmental area with a wetland.

A second park on Nantes Street in Avalon is being renamed in honour of the Lalande family who were among the first people to settle in the area in the mid-1800s

Antoine Lalonde owned a 220 acre farm that straddled present day Innes Road between Eglise Ste-Marie and the Shoppers Drug Mart at Innes and Portobello Blvd. The farm encompassed a vast part of Avalon including Nantes Street and École élémentaire publique Des Sentiers.

Antoine Lalonde handed the farm down to his Omer who married Bernadette Lamoureux in 1941. The couple had four children, Marcel, Roger, Darquise and Noel who still owns a farm on Trim Road just south of Brian Coburn Way.

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