confederation park

Confederation Park

Earlier this month members of the Stratford and District Historical Society met with Clive Porter to discuss his landscape design for Confederation Park. The filmed interview will soon be available online, part of a projected series of documentaries showcasing Stratford and District history.

Clive Porter & Jayne Trachsel
Designer Clive Porter with Jayne Trachsel, SDHS(2019)
Photo courtesy – Nancy Musselman

Born in 1937, Clive Porter arrived in Canada with his family in 1947. It was while working for Kitchener-based landscape architects McLean-Peister Ltd. that he was advised one day, “Your next job is going to be the Stratford Centennial project. Just go for it.”  Go for it he did. Starting out as a cement pond, Porter envisioned the water falls and Japanese gardens that would highlight this award-winning design called Confederation Park.