Families are invited to celebrate the opening of new facilities at the Open Hearth Park with Soundscape 2014, a free, open-air concert featuring a variety of Cape Breton talent including children’s entertainer Duncan Wells and The Apple In A Tree Band, singer-songwriter Tess Carrigan, country-folk-bluegrass group Pretty Archie, alt-rock power duo The Town Heroes, and Cape Breton’s favourite cluster-rock ensemble The Tom Fun Orchestra.
“Open Hearth Park is building a new and proud history. Everyone is invited to celebrate the beautiful new spaces and features and enjoy some great local talent,” said Labi Kousoulis, Minister of Internal Services. “The new section will almost double the size of Open Hearth Park and that means more opportunities for everyone to enjoy these spaces.”
The north end of Open Hearth Park now has a skating rink, stage area, walking paths, large lawn areas and seating. This end of the park starts at the Ferry Street bridge and runs down to the Sydney Harbour.
The north end is also home to a variety of artwork that depicts the heritage of Sydney, steel making and the Mi’kmaq. An area called Steel Henge holds large pieces of mill steel and artifacts, including half of a fly wheel and an ingot mould.
The concert will be held Saturday, August 16 near the skating rink on the Sydney Harbour side of Ferry Street, Sydney. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring folding lawn chairs. The Bacon Bus and J.A.Smitty’s Chip truck will be on site for a snack while enjoying the music. This is a dry event. Open Hearth Park sits on the former Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens site, which the provincial government remediated over the past decade. The park features a football field, playground, skating area, bike and walking trails.