Sculpture depicting beloved Brockville tradition finds new home in Reynolds Park

Photo via Brockville Rotary’s Facebook page

Brockville Rotary has announced that Old Meg 2, the concrete sculpture paying homage to a unique local tradition, has found a permanent home in Reynolds Park.

The sculpture, created by local artist Dave Sheridan, has officially been installed by the City of Brockville in its new home. The statue previously resided at Tunnel Bay, at Brockville’s beautiful downtown waterfront. Its new location at Reynold’s Park is less than a five-minute walk away from Brockville’s Blockhouse Island and Railway Tunnel. 

This move of Old Meg 2 signifies the start of the larger Reynold’s Park Development Project. Rotary Brockville is helping to fund the Reynold’s Park Pavillion and recently completed Phase 1 of their “Pave The Way Purchase a Brick Campaign” on Sept. 1. All personalized engraved bricks purchased in the original order are set to be placed at the Reynold’s Park project this fall, with bricks from Phase 2 anticipated to be installed in summer 2024.

As the city’s newest waterfront park comes to life, the Old Meg 2 sculpture will ensure some long-standing Brockville history is represented on the site. 

The Old Meg 2 is a modernized iteration the relic automobile from the 1960s, named Old Meg, which would sit on the iced-over St. Lawrence River year after year. According to Brockville Rotary, the original idea was introduced by the Boys Association of the Brockville Rowing Club so they could raise money for equipment. Once the car was first placed in front of the Brockville Rowing Club, the beloved and successful fundraiser quickly took off, with locals buying tickets in a lottery to submit their guess of the date and time the car would finally break the ice and sink into the river below. 

The artist of Old Meg 2, Dave Sheridan, has previously been commissioned to create many popular murals and sculptures throughout the city of Brockville, including for St. Lawrence College and the Aquatarium. In regards to the Old Meg 2, he explained in a recent Rotary Facebook Post: “The Rotary Club asked me to create an environmentally friendly version of Old Meg for fundraising purposes”. Upon the sculpture’s completion in 2021, Sheridan explained to CTVnews that the sculpture weighs 3000 pounds, which he believed to be comparable to a small car. 

The Facebook post shared that the government will not permit licensing for these raffles anymore. However, Sheridan reiterated that the Old Meg 2 “is still a good reminder of Brockville history and it was a fun project to do.” When bringing back the tradition with the Old Meg 2 in 2021, Brockvillians were encouraged to go online in order to submit their guesses. The intention of bringing back the Old Meg contest in 2021 was to provide levity for locals during the dark times of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brockville Rotary confirmed they will not be continuing this activity for the 2023-2024 winter season.

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