Manitou Tourism CAO Winter Silversmith dedicated the park on the corner of Fraser and Arran Trails as the 'Northgate Mercy Park' in honour of the men and women who fought tirelessly to limit the deadly cholera outbreak of 1952. The new park is located on top of the site of the infirmary responsible for the outbreak sixty-five years ago in the former Northgate Village.
From the Manitou Historical Society "1952 The village demolishes the infirmary building in Northgate following a cholera outbreak that kills fourteen residents and sickens thirty two others. It is the worse medical disaster in Manitoulin history. Investigations into the outbreak revealed biological waste buried on the infirmary grounds leaked into the town water supply. The town constructs a new water retrieval and treatment system and excavates around the former infirmary site creating a natural dam and barrier wall around [and over] the remaining waste [sealing it in]."
"It is good to see this parcel of land put to use for the community without any risk to our citizens" said Mr. Silversmith. The parcel of land has remained unclaimed and abandoned since the mid-1970s.
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