Mincom Jo has new neighbours. They are new to Pickering and know little about the Durham Region. Our Jo-Ann (Rucinski) is nothing if not neighbourly so she made quick work of introducing herself. She is also very practical so when she presented herself to her new neighbours she came bearing a gift that everyone needs. When they opened their front door this is what they saw.
Needless to say her new neighbours were pretty impressed. When she invited them to take a break from unpacking and join her for a walk in one of her favourite spots, they only hesitated for a few minutes. If there was ever any doubt of these folks becoming NDNBFF (Next Door Neighbour Best Friends Forever) it completely disappeared when they got to their destination.
Seriously, this is called “Home Place – Enchantment In The Making“ and exists in Pickering. The southern tip of Liverpool Road ends at part of the Pickering Waterfront Trail. It is actually part of the 900 km Waterfront Trail that runs along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River from Niagara On The Lake to the Quebec border.
The Pickering part of the trail is divided into 3 sections:
- First Nations Trail (3.5 km) – from Rouge River to the west shore of Frenchman’s Bay
- Monarch Trail (4.7 km) – surrounds Frenchman’s Bay and ends at Millennium Square
- Peak Trail (4.2 km) – from Millennium Square to the Ajax border
At the end of the street lies Millennium Square which leads along the boardwalk into Peaks Trail.
There are several things of note along this stretch…wetlands, a Tern nesting raft, a windmill, a barrier beach, etc., oh, and even a Fresh Cut French Fry truck…all of which we can talk about another time. This time we are just going to talk about “Home Place”, created by the Sculptor, Dorsey James,
Home Place is all about changes; changes that affect our past, our present and our future. Home Place is a coalescence of universal symbols from a variety of times, cultures and beliefs. These symbols are alive but will vary in importance at different times in each of our lives. The concept is realized in three components: The area of Enchantment, The Portal and the Kijimba Kind. This structure, in its entirety is called “Home Place”.
As you walk along the path of Peaks Trail you come across carvings made from discarded cedar hydro poles. Dorsey James calls these carvings Kijimba Kind. It is a term he created from two different words and three different cultures. Kijimba means spirit and comes from the Bambara people of Africa. The word Kind is taken from the word Kinder which means children in German and in English the word kind refers to a type (mankind) and can also refer to the nature of a person (nice). So the term basically means Spirit Children.
As you wind your way through these beacons you can’t help but “feel” them as well as see them. They lead you to the Portal structure at the centre. The portal structure is beautiful in its simplicity but complicated when trying to explain it. Every single piece of it has been created by design, with deep symbolism behind each part. Whether it is the layout, the direction each piece faces, the height of each pole, the number of poles, or the carvings — they all have a meaning behind them. The Portal is seen by different cultures as different things. The most common is that it is a transition point between two spaces. This can be physical, psychological or spiritual space. The idea is that as you pass through the portal. The setting sun (Western side) takes away or removes all the negative stuff from your life while the rising sun brings in the positive (Eastern side).
Jo Ann’s new NDNBFF will never doubt her again and they are looking forward to her showing them more of the area. In the mean time they may spend some time running around the area of Enchantment and jumping through The Portal…in Pickering.
You never know…