Two Parry Sound landmarks celebrated two decades in action this week.
Residents gathered at the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame on Tuesday to mark the unveiling of the Hall of Fame’s new look.
Jamie McGarvey, Parry Sound Mayor, says this marks the 20th anniversary of the Charles W Stockey Center and the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame.
“The Bobby Orr Hall of Fame has gone over a new rejuvenation and makeover. We’re certainly very pleased today to be able to have the ribbon cutting and the opening ceremony for the new look for the Hall of Fame. ,” he says.
McGarvey says about four weeks ago he had the chance to take a pre-peek at the progress.
“I know that there are a number of local people that are certainly hoping that some of their memorabilia will still be here, which they’ve supplied over the years. I’m just pleased that we’re 20 years into this. Bobby Orr is certainly an international celebrity,” he says.
McGarvey says he’s very proud of the fact that Parry Sound has a Cultural Center at the BOCC, that is actively trying to be more inclusive and forward-moving adding Parry Sound is a welcoming place.
The mayor also shared a little fun fact about the person who designed the Stockey Centre’s acoustics.
“One of the patrons of the Festival of the Sound said to me many years ago, before [the centre] was built, there was only one person to get to design the acoustical engineering of this building. And he was Russell Johnson, world famous acoustician,”
McGarvey says Parry Sound was lucky enough to be able to get Johnson to do it then because about four years later he passed away.
“We probably had one of his last jobs that he had ever done and it’s again something to be very proud of,” he says.