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Confederation Park

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Confederation Park is the Central Park of Ottawa and a national historic site of Canada. The Park is administered by the National capital Commission of Canada.

At the beginning of the 19th century part of the territory of today's Park was taken by one of the largest ice arenas in Canada - arena Dei. The arena was opened in 1908 and was home to the famous hockey team the "Ottawa Senators". In the 1920-ies with the purpose of modernization of transport arteries of the capital, it was decided to build a new road along the Rideau canal and the arena was demolished. Subsequently, came the idea to split the city Park. Confederation Park became part of the so-called "Gerber plan" - the city plan for the development of Canada's capital, designed in 1950 by Jacques Gerber. The official opening of the Park took place in 1967, and was dedicated to the Centennial of Confederation of Canada.

Confederation Park is a typical city Park with well-kept paths, along which installed street lights, benches, monuments, and designated to hold various social events. In the middle of a Park in memory of the founder of the Ottawa British engineer Colonel-Lieutenant John BAE a memorial fountain. This is one of two granite fountains twin, located in the years 1845-1948 in Trafalgar square in London (the second fountain is in the Park today Wascana in Regina, Canada). Also in the Confederation Park has a Monument to aboriginal veterans, the Monument to the fallen in the Boer war and the totem pole, donated to the city in honor of the centennial of British Columbia. The Park area is approximately 2.6 ha.

Today Confederation Park is one of the favorite places of city residents and its guests. In summer there is the famous Ottawa international jazz festival and the winter competition of ice sculptures. The Park is also one of the major Metropolitan areas where traditionally cultural events in honour of Canada Day.