From the Border Cities Star – March 16, 1929:
- This is an architect’s conception of a proposed park development in Ford City, in the area bounded by Alice street, Tourangeau Road, Reginald street and Bernard Road. At the Ford City Parks Board’s meeting on Monday night, a petition will be presented, asking that this park property be acquired by closing Rossini Boulevard from Alice to Reginald streets, and by closing the alley between Tourangeau Road and Rossini Boulevard, and that the ground be developed into a park and children’s playground this year. This additional land would increase the acreage of the present park site at Rossini Boulevard and Bernard Road, to about nine acres.
Above is that land today, the north park of AKO park.
From the City of Windsor Park History:
Commonly known as: AKO Park
Former/other names: Rossini Park
Location: between Reginald and Milloy Streets off Bernard and Tourangeau
Property acquired: 1951
Official designation: Community park
Originally established as Rossini Park in 1951, the Alpha Kai Omega fraternity began exploring the
possibility of becoming involved in the future development of the park in 1952, when the City was
constructing an athletic building on the site. Dedicated to the sponsorship of junior sports since
World War II, AKO teams used the park and facility frequently for training. In 1954, additional
property was purchased and the AKO group was approached to seriously discuss the official
sponsorship of the next stage of the park’s development.
In 1961, the fraternity donated $30,000 of the estimated $80,000 needed to construct the AKO
Neighbourhood Centre, the first facility in Windsor to be designed specifically for use as a
community centre. Needs of user groups were carefully considered, space allotments and layout
concepts were developed. It was a design that would become a fundamental component of
subsequent centre in the area. Located within 16-acre AKO Park, the centre offers east side
residents high quality, all-season recreational facilities.
Outdoors, AKO Park provides such diverse facilities as a football and soccer field, hardball and
softball diamonds, a wade pool, plus a wide assortment of playground equipment. During the
winter months, area children enjoy the park’s small sledding hill.
The 1935 Fire map doesn’t show any park there, and it shows the streets running through, so this proposal was not successful, although decades later the same result was achieved.
Have a good weekend everyone, see you back here Monday!