Oxford Park, Montreal

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Oxford Park
Parc Oxford
Oxford Park, Montreal is located in Montreal
Oxford Park, Montreal
Location of Oxford Park in Montreal
Location Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates 45°28′08″N 73°36′27″W / 45.468816°N 73.607468°W / 45.468816; -73.607468Coordinates: 45°28′08″N 73°36′27″W / 45.468816°N 73.607468°W / 45.468816; -73.607468
Operated by City of Montreal

Oxford Park is a park in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is located in the southern part of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood in the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. It was made famous for its sporting tradition. Hockey greats as Doug Harvey, Howie Morenz, Kenny Mosdell and Fleming Mackell learned their crafts on the outdoor rink[citation needed] which was part of a larger neighbourhood house league, including such teams at Terrebonne Park, Benny Park, and Patricia Park. The park was also where boxing legend Johnny Greco played sports as a child.[citation needed] The park is bounded by Oxford, Upper Lachine, Old Orchard Avenue and Saint Jacques Street.

The park was initially part of a farm owned by the Brodie clan, who bought the land after arriving from Scotland.[1]

After several generations the family sold to the city of Montreal in 1949 for $73,000 under the condition that the historic farmhouse would be turned into a library or facility for children. The city reneged on this clause and the stone building was demolished in the 1960s.

The park was also home to a longstanding Italian Festival which was cancelled after the city added a controversial fenced-off plastic turf soccer field, which could get damaged during fireworks.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Robert Brodie's memoirs- an excerpt', Coolopolis blog (Montreal), December 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Gravenor, Kristian (2005-07-07). "The tragedy of Brodie farm". Montreal Mirror. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  • Harvey's No. 2 Habs sweater to be retire]d early this season by Tim Burke. The Gazette. Montreal, Que.: Sep 5, 1985. pg. F.1