Jonathan Pitre Park should be completed in the fall 2021.

The First Fully Accessible Park in the Township of Russell!

Jonathan PitreThe idea of an accessible park in the Township of Russell has been around for several years. This project will finally be completed as part of Phase 1 of the Recreation Complex project.

On December 7, 2020, the municipal council approved to name the upcoming accessible park in honour of Jonathan Pitre. The park will include accessible play structures and senior exercise equipment. It will be located next to the Sports Dome and will be part of the new key location that will serve as a community hub for recreation and culture.

Who is Jonathan Pitre?

Jonathan Pitre was a local resident who fought a difficult and long battle with Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) and unfortunately passed April 8, 2018. He is known as the ''Butterfly Child'' due to his disease, which made his skin as fragile as butterfly wings. Jonathan was also an ambassador for DEBRA Canada, dedicated to bringing awareness for EB and raising funds for research.

His strength, courage, and determination during his fight inspired us all to thrive, no matter the different barriers we may face.

How Can I Donate?

A virtual fundraiser will be open from July 5 to October 5, 2021 through a GoFundMe page for the Jonathan Pitre Park. Help us reach our goal of $100,000!

For donations over $1,000, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.

Make a Donation

The Jonathan Pitre Park represents an investment of $285,000. A project of this magnitude would not be possible without the support of our community. All contributions, large or small, are appreciated.

Ground-breaking Ceremony

August 10, 2021 at 2pm, Embrun, ON – The Township of Russell held a ground-breaking ceremony to launch the construction project Jonathan Pitre Accessible Park.

The ceremony marks the start of a $285,000 investment towards a new accessible park as part of Phase 1 & 2 of the future Recreation Complex. The park will be located near the Township Sports Dome at 150 Sportsplex Road in Embrun. The park will have an accessible play structure, swings, a boat structure, senior exercise equipment, and more.

Colliers Project Leaders is supervising the project, assisted by N45 Architecture Inc. and Tofcon Construction Inc.

The Township of Russell looks forward to seeing the completion of Jonathan Pitre Park in the coming months.

Members of the Concil, the Mayor and Jonathan Pitre's mother and Deputy Francis Drouin

Township and Project contractors Representatives

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