It was a popular attraction in the 60's and 70's in Canton and now the city is working to restore the long closed Mother Gooseland Park. Canton Parks Director Derek Gordon tells AkronNewsNow the famous park icon, Willy the Whale, received the beginning of a makeover with a long overdue coat of fresh paint. Gordon says the park will also have some new features. " In particular there will be a dog park that's going to be down there. We're going to extend the trail to run through the heart of the park, and also have kind of an interpretive mural on a large free-standing wall we have down there that will kind of memorialize the original Mother Gooseland area."
Gordon says a three hundred foot long retaining wall was cleared of brush and vines, fence lines near the proposed dog park were cleared of weeds, and nearly five hundred flower bulbs donated by Wal-Mart through the Massillon Park and Recreation Department were planted in a flower bed by 40 volunteers. .
The clean-up was the first step of an overall master plan for the park. The park will be redeveloped with a multi-staged plan that will also honor the original Mother Gooseland with a memorial plaza, and the restoration of Willy and his lily pond. The full master plan can be viewed at the Canton Parks web site at www.cantonohio.gov/parks or at the Canton Parks facebook page.