For Immediate Release
December 13, 2011
Cullen Miniature Village finds new home at Niagara Parks Commission Botanical Gardens
NIAGARA FALLS, ON – The Cullen Miniature Village, which has delighted hundreds of thousands of visitors at its former location in the Durham Region, has found a new home in The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Botanical Gardens.
“Our Botanical Gardens will be the perfect site for the Miniature Village,” stated NPC Chair Janice Thomson. “The village was originally developed for a botanical setting and they were intended to be viewed by audiences of all ages; our Botanical Gardens, with the Butterfly Conservatory right next door, will be the perfect home for this collection”.
The village is made up of 182 separate items, including the main village, cottage country, a train system, fairground, Santa Claus parade, and miniature accessories. The City of Oshawa purchased the village for $239,000 following the closure of Cullen Gardens. It has remained in storage ever since. NPC will pay the City of Oshawa $20,000 a year, over a five year period for the collection, starting in 2013.
“This is a wonderful addition to the Parks and will provide visitors with yet another compelling reason to visit Niagara Parks and Niagara. This was a much-loved attraction when it was part of the former Cullen Gardens and we believe that it will become an even greater attraction here,” Thomson said.
Once the village is refurbished and reassembled by NPC it will be put on public display in 2013. NPC has also pledged to erect a plaque identifying the important role the City of Oshawa played in keeping this unique collection intact for the public.
According to Oshawa Mayor John Henry, the planned move of the Cullen Miniatures to its new home at The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) Botanical Gardens, celebrates a great man and visionary, Mr. Len Cullen. By keeping the collection intact, the City of Oshawa and NPC collectively bring new life to this treasured miniature heritage collection. “I look forward to visiting The Niagara Parks Commission’s Botanical Gardens to celebrate together the collection’s rebirth in one of Canada’s natural wonder locations. This is a fitting tribute to the creator of the collection,” said Mayor John Henry.
NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one which Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.
For more information, please contact:
Tony Baldinelli, Acting Director,
Communications, Marketing and Stakeholder Relations
The Niagara Parks Commission
(905) 356-2241, ext. 220