Bidgood Park is dedicated to the heritage and farming traditions of our past. With growing demands on the use of land and sprawling suburban development, Bidgood Park provides an opportunity for preserving aspects of the historic landscape character of the Goulds.
An entrance dedication plaque, expressing the wishes of Roger and Jennie Bidgood, was created by Gerald Squires. The plaque honours the farmers of the Goulds and surrounding communities. The park will ensure that "a part of the Newfoundland outdoors they loved so much would be preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come".
An early concept sketch of the park entrance by Gerald Squires
Defining the Features in Squires Studio
Dedication Plaque in Clay; Faces of Roger and Jennie Bidgood
Granddaughter Jacqueline poses as Gerry works on defining Jennie's features in Squires Studio
The roots of the trees on each side of the plaque are joined in the middle, representing Roger and Jennie's personal eternal bond.
Full showing of the rooted bond
The Mower at the top of the Dedication Plaque
Plaque in Bronze
Gerald Squires applying the Patina finish
Mission of Park Donation described by Bidgood Family
Dedication Plaque to Roger and Jennie Bidgood with script inserted
The plaque unveiling during the opening ceremonies
Completed park entrance
See the faces of Roger and Jennie entwined in tree roots, representing their bond with nature and their eternal bond together. The mower, pictured in the centre, represents the agricultural heritage of the Goulds - the heritage they sought to preserve.
Gerald Squires, on making the dedication plaque
I had a little trouble with getting a likeness of Jennie. She was very difficult to bring out in the clay. She didn’t want to show herself. The Bidgood family came to my studio and… the family likeness came through. Suddenly, there she was.