The Friends of John Dean Park Society hosted a surprise celebration to commemorate John Dean’s donation of the park to the province in 1921. On September 19, the day’s outdoor festivities included music by Sidney Brass, a cake by celebration and a commemorative poster for attendees to take home.
The day began with opening remarks from Peter Woods, supervisor of the BC Parks Cowichan area, and Maureen Dale, president of Friends of John Dean Park.
The event was not announced on purpose due to COVID-19 restrictions and the organizers did not want to draw crowds. H
However, the intention was to welcome anyone into the park that day to join in the celebration on a whim.
“During the afternoon, over 100 hikers arrived in the park, and all were surprised and interested to learn more about the reason for the event and to enjoy the music and the cake,” Dale said in an email.
The event also drew a participant by happy accident. Dale said one of the attendees was a hiker who got lost.
“He wasn’t quite sure which way to go, but heard the music, decided he had to in the parking lot and headed in that direction.”
Dale said she is grateful to everyone who attended and helped organize the event.
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