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Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program (VMPCP)

The Veterans Memorial Parkway Community Program (VMPCP) from its inception is community based.  It brings together practicing landscape professionals and arborists; City of London staff and councillors; local federal and provincial politicians; corporations and their employees, large and small; service groups (Rotary, Optimists, Lions, & St. John Ambulance); community associations such as the Argyle Community Association; Scouts Canada, Girl Guides, and Cadets; Students (Fanshawe College & Western University); and Veterans organizations and support groups.

The VMPCP began with the renaming of Airport Road to Veterans Memorial Parkway (VMP) in 2005, the year of the Veteran.  Municipal Council engaged local landscape architect, Ron Koudys, to develop a Landscape Enhancement plan for the VMP in 2006.  The plan called for the creation of a driving experience along the VMP through the planting of a variety of tree species and the creation of 20 commemorative features; each bearing a single word or phrase to express the values of service.  Thus the program honours the service of veterans; enhances the environment through the planting of thousands of trees; and improves the image of the city along a major gateway to its manufacturing heart.

 

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