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Engage with George Genereux Urban Regional Park, through hearing, touch, sound, and smell.
Visiting a historical place is an experience that cannot be replicated online – it can engage all five senses! The immersive experience of visiting in-person is something we have all missed during the pandemic, and this is a great opportunity to come and get the full experience of an in-person visit. This is also an opportunity to explore and engage with George Genereux Urban Regional Park, through hearing, touch, sound, and smell.
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There are so many more ways to explore George Genereux Urban Regional Park than just to have a look around! Visit us during #HistoricPlacesDays to experience the sounds, smells, feeling, and even the taste of our historic site!
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On any maps showing the city and RM of Corman Park 344, the small square extending west from SK Highway 7 is “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park
Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is south of Chappell Yards CNR train station, and north of Township Road 362 A (Cedar Villa Road) Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is west of the Civic Operations Center (Bus Barns and Snow Dump facility), and east of the Saskatoon Italian Center and Saskatchewan Highway 7.
“George Genereux” Urban Regional Park is directly diagonal across Saskatchewan Highway 7 east. “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park is a quarter section of afforested land. Both “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park and Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area were purchased by the City of Saskatoon in 1960 and afforested in a 1972 “War Against Ecology Abuse” programme by the City of Saskatoon Parks Department to be used as a tree nursery. 1972, A. L. Ligtemoet, Assistant Parks Superintendent sets before city council that these first 660 acres of afforestation areas be kept in perpetuity and this is approved. The trees are much too big to transplant now, in 1979, the naming included Urban Regional Park in the title.
Both Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area and “George Genereux” Urban Regional Park received their respective names October 19 1978 (proposal to City Council) – October 30, 1978 (vote by city to approve and finalize). The name “George Genereux” was taken for a pocket park in another area of Saskatoon, leaving this urban regional park without a name.
Forest Picture: George Genereux Urban Regional Park looking east from CNR Overpass SK Hwy 7
“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir
Who was George Genereux?
George Genereux (March 1 1935- April 10, 1989) was a seventeen year old high school student in 1952 when he won the Olympic Games Gold Medal for trap-shooting at the Summer Olympc Games held in Helsinki, Finland with 192 out of 200. This was Canada’s first gold medal at the olympics since 1932. Further to this honour, Genereux was bestowed the Lou Marsh Trophy for being Canada’s outstanding amateur athlete of the year, making him the youngest person in history to receive this honour. The City of Saskatoon declared Genereux “Citizen of the Year” in 1952. Canada honoured him as male athlete of 1952. Genereux was installed in the Canada Sports Hall of Fame (1955), Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on October 31 of 1966, inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame 1986 and the Trapshooting Hall of Fame (1986).(Source, Source, Source,Source, Source and City of Saskatoon archives)
Genereux was born to Dr. Arthur Genereux (b1901 Lethbridge AB – March 12, 1975) and Catherine (d 1964).(Source) At the age of 16, Genereux was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, which ended his sporting career in trap shooting when he was 20.(Source and Source)
Genereux started training with his father, Dr. A.F. Genereux, and Jimmy Girgulis when he was 12 years old. James “Jim” Girgulis, himself won the Canadian Team Trap Shooting Campionship in 1939 and 1941. Further, Girgulis, won every trap shooting event held across Western Canada. Genereux went on to trap shooting events across Canada and the United States. At the age of 13 Genereux won the Midwestern International Handicap Honours, then he acquired 3 successive Manitoba – Saskatchewan junior titles. (source) Genereux won the Junior Championship of North America at the Grand American Handicap, held in Vandalia, Ohio in 1951. During this event, Genereux broke 199 clay pigeons out of 200. Genereux also placed second in the Oslo, Norway World Championships, 1952. (Source, Source, Source and City of Saskatoon archives)
Genereux, attended the University of Saskatchewan to earn his Arts and Sciences degree, then he went on the McGill University to study Medicine graduated 1960. Dr. George Genereux was for years a Professor of Radiology at the Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon.
The biography submitted to City Council stated that “It is considered appropriate to select in his honour this particular tract of semi-wilderness with its favorable habitat for wildlife of many kinds.”
Genereux is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery along with his mother and father. Genereux died April 10, 1989.
“At the time of his death he was working with three other internationally known specialists on the third and fourth volumes of a study of chest diseases. ..Despite his own bad health, Genereux worked to advance the cause of medical knowledge. If you can’t help yourself, you should use your God-given talents to help others,’ he said in one interview.” Saskatoon Star Phoenix April 11, 1989
The above map shows the relation of the afforestation areas to the West Swale, and its confluence at Yorath Island. The West Swale, and the deposition of Yorath Island were created from the Pleistocene era “Yorath Island Spillway” event.
Please help protect / enhance your afforestation areas, please contact the Friends of the Saskatoon Afforestation Areas Inc. (e-mail)
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