Photograph by Bob Brink
by Gerald Squires
Bidgood Park, Goulds
Power's Rd., Goulds, NL A1S 1G9
Bidgood Park is situated on land donated to the City of St. John's by Roger and Jennie Bidgood of Goulds. A Planning and Development Committee comprising government officials and community organizations was formed in 2003 to implement the development of the park.
Officially opened in 2014, the park features a life-sized bronze figure of a farmer working a scythe, representing the community's farming heritage. Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires created the statue and the dedication plaque expressing the Bidgoods' wishes "to ensure that a part of the Newfoundland outdoors they loved so much would be preserved for the enjoyment of generations to come." (Bidgood Park)
Gerald Squires was born in Change Islands, NL in 1937. A painter, sculptor, printmaker, art activist and teacher, much of Squires' large body of work finds its inspiration in the landscape and culture of Newfoundland. Among many other honours, Squires became a member of the Order of Canada in 1999.