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City Dedicates Parkette to The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment


The City of Belleville is pleased to announce that today, in a ceremony attended by some World War II veterans, the Parkette located at Bay Bridge Road and Dundas Street West was dedicated to The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.

“The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment has a rich history and solid roots in the City of Belleville,” says Mayor Christopher. “We are proud and honoured to have them in our community and this dedication is a great way for us to show that.”

The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment is an Army Reserve infantry unit within the 33 Canadian Brigade Group. Affectionately known as the “Hasty P’s”, the Regiment operates in three locations across central Ontario in Belleville, Peterborough and Cobourg. The Regiment is currently under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Comeau.

“The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment was very moved to see this Parkette and monument recognizing the generations of sacrifice of our men and women as well as the ongoing and exemplary work that members of the Regiment are currently doing here at home and overseas ,” said Comeau. “Today’s Hasty P’s continue to earn a reputation as competent professionals among their peers in the Canadian Armed Forces and dedicated community leaders as Reserve citizen soldiers.  It is humbling to see that the City of Belleville is as proud of their Regiment as we are.”

The Parkette was constructed as part of the Dundas Street West Rehabilitation Project, which was cost- shared, on a one-third basis, between the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Belleville, under the Small Communities Fund. Representatives from both funding partners had high praise for the project and the Regiment.

Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, said, “Today's announcement demonstrates Canada's commitment to working closely with provinces and municipalities to meet the unique needs of small communities. By offering significant funding for a wide range of infrastructure projects, Canadian communities benefit from investments that help celebrate our country’s diverse heritage and history. This Parkette and monument will honour and recognize the valued contribution of The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment.”

Representing the Province of Ontario, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister Responsible for Small Business, Jeff Leal expressed support for the project and the Regiment. “Today’s event is special as it pays tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women of The Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment who have worked for generations to effectively train soldiers to support Canadian Forces operations. Our government is pleased to be supporting the completion of this  Parkette and would like to congratulate the City of Belleville on the completion of this important piece  of community infrastructure."

The Hastings and Prince Edward Regimental Armoury is located in Belleville at the corner of Bridge St. E. and Pinnacle St. in downtown Belleville. The Regiment has a museum at the Armoury that is open to the public on Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm. Recruiting inquiries can be directed to hast.per.recruiting@forces.gc.ca.

 


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For more information:
Dana Barnett, Capital Projects Coordinator Tel: 613-967-3200, ext. 3336
Email:   dbarnett@city.belleville.on.ca

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