Newcastle Park Named After Joseph Atkinson
On September 8, 2012, a Newcastle park has been named after Joseph E. Atkinson in recognition of his many contributions to the Village of Newcastle.
Joseph Atkinson grew up in Newcastle, Ontario after his family moved to the village in 1866. Throughout his life, he remained a strong supporter of the community, even after he left to pursue his career in the newspaper business. Mr. Atkinson regularly donated money, food, and gifts to the underprivileged residents of Newcastle, particularly during the Christmas season.
In recognition of his impact on the community, the Newcastle Village & District Historical Society, ClaringtonPublic Library, and the Municipality of Clarington hosted a dedication ceremony to celebrate the new “Joseph Atkinson Parkette” and to unveil a refurbished heritage plaque, which is now located in the park. The original plaque was dedicated in 1973 but has since been restored in connection with the park dedication.
Emily Mathieu – great granddaughter of Joseph Atkinson and a member of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation Board of Directors – unveiled the refurbished plaque.