Victoria Park, c. 1925
Victoria Park, a beautifully landscaped oasis in the centre of Regina, was originally called Victoria Square. It was set aside as public green space in 1883 but was not landscaped or developed for many years.
During the preliminary planning stages for the new Legislative Buildings, Victoria Square was mentioned as a possible location. By 1907, steps were taken to beautify this barren tract of land in the city centre. Montreal-based landscape architect Frederick Todd was hired to draw up plans for a new park.
In the new design, a fountain dedicated to Regina Leader founder and long time MP Nicholas Flood Davin was erected in the centre of the park. This fountain remained in the park until 1926, when a Cenotaph honouring local soldiers killed in World War I was installed. (The fountain was moved to Rotary Park.)
The Cenotaph was designed by R.W.G. Heughan of Ross & Macdonald, Montreal, with assistance by F.H. Portnall, a Regina architect. It was unveiled on Armistice Day, 1926. In 1995, renovations to Victoria Park enhanced the area around the Cenotaph. (For more information, see Regina: An Illustrated History by J.W. Brennan and Regina: The First 100 Years by William Argan with Pam Cowan and Gordon W. Staseson.)