Beautiful Joe Park

CategoryTRAILS & PARKS
LocationMeaford

Beautiful Joe Park is a peaceful and serene 8.5 acre parcel of Parkland on the banks of the picturesque Big Head River in Meaford.

The Park is named after me “Beautiful Joe”. The the hero in Margaret Marshall Saunders best-selling novel of the same name. He is laid to rest in the Park grounds, which by the way, was his backyard.  You can see this heritage sign that recognizes the efforts of the woman who made Joe famous at his burial site, and his friends at The Society added a footstone in 2017.

At the entrance to the Park, you will find a bronze sculpture of Beautiful Joe that was created by local Meaford resident, Gunter Neumann. Joe’s Park is also home to a 9/11 Monument honouring a brave dog named Sirius, who was K-9 partner to Officer David Lim. There is a K-9 Monument as well as a Service Dogs Monument. The Park is also home to Paradise Islands, a place where people can have a plaque respectfully placed honoring their beloved companions.

Beautiful Joe’s Leash-free Park

In 2013, Meaford opened a fenced-in Dog Park at the junction of Grant Avenue and Aitken Street, just a 5 minute walk from Memorial Park.

A few things about this great dog park:

  • 2 completely fenced-in areas to safely romp and socialize   – 1 for small dogs and 1 for larger breeds
  • Trash cans and waste bags are provided
  • Trees were planted in the Fall of 2014 to provide beauty and future shade
  • It is a four season Park for visitors and residents to enjoy and drinking water is available in the hot summer months
  • Parking is available onsite
  • Close by Memorial Park offers its own stretch of glorious beach just for dogs!
  • Future plans for the Leash-free Park include benches and a bulletin board for posting Lost Pets and local Events

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