On Friday Sept 20, Carleton Place council, town staff, and volunteers of the 200th Anniversary Committee invited everyone to help celebrate the official launch of Carleton Junction. Situated on the land once occupied by a major regional railway hub next to the historic Wool Growers building, the park contains a replica of a period train station including a water tower. Benches and railway themed playground equipment were put to good use by a large number of families in attendance. Carleton Place Mayor Doug Black thanked all the volunteers and committee members that took the park from a community vision to its reality with special thanks to support from Lanark County council and staff who incorporated it into the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail.
One of the newest features of the park had its inaugural test with extreme cyclists demonstrating their skills on the pump track; a paved hilly course that permits enthusiasts to achieve air time when conquering the various jumps around the circuit. The evening’s ceremonies were opened on a musical note by sisters Fern and Willow Marwood who wowed the crowd with their traditional fiddling and step dancing. Mayor Black indicated in his remarks that moving forward additional landscape and park use features would be added. A restored steam whistle from the Findlay Foundry has been installed on the station replica/pavilion with plans to activate it at noon on a daily basis.