Restored Gaskin Lion Unveiled in MacDonald Park

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On July 9th, Kingston’s landmark Gaskin Lion revealed the facelift he received for his 100th birthday.

The League of Ukrainian-Canadians of Kingston donated the money for this restoration as a way to also celebrate the club’s own 100th anniversary this year.

A number of presenters spoke to the crowd attending the ceremony, including Councillor Dorothy Hector – there to represent the Mayor – and Sydenham Ward Councillor Bill Glover, as well as two members of the local Ukrainian-Canadian community and Steve Serviss – editor of the Kingston Whig Standard – who announced the winner of the newspaper’s Gaskin Lion photo contest.

Also in attendance was the city’s other Kingston herald – and current world champion town crier, Chris Whyman – who announced the unveiling and provided the crowd with a brief history of the Gaskin Lion.

Whyman spoke about how the lion has been a focal spot in MacDonald Park and popular with photographers – ever since being donated by the family of former Mayor John Gaskin in 1909 – and paid tribute to the work for “restoring our past, for our future”.

Children dressed in traditional Ukrainian costumes were on scene to pose for photographs, and were soon clambering onto the lion’s back just as many generations of children have done in the past.

The Gaskin Lion – and a new plaque commemorating its 100th year restoration – is located in MacDonald Memorial Park near the intersection of King and Barrie Streets. Its restoration was performed by MST Bronze Ltd.


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Below are a set of 3D photographs from the Gaskin Lion unveiling ceremony in MacDonald Memorial Park.

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