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.
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
Within the Memorial Park and Campground, (181 Grant Ave.), there is a lovely sandy beach designated specifically for dogs.
Memorial Park and Campground is:
• a quick drive from downtown and the harbour, or about a 25 minute walk from there
• just a 5 minute walk from the leash-free park on Grant Avenue
• 2,000 feet of sandy beach with a small portion of that designated to dogs
• excellent walking and hiking trails and a flower path walkway through the woods
Just reminders that dogs are to be kept on leash while in the Park so that others without pets can enjoy their visit.
Please, as always, pick up after your pet and help keep our Parks clean.