Where is Harper Park? Never heard of it. Oh, is it that place in the SW end, north of Sir Sandford Fleming Drive, you know, the one with the barbed wire fence around it? Isn’t that an industrial park, or an old dump?
For a park that has been described in reports as:
“easily the most ecologically important area in Peterborough”
And recently in a CHEX interview with author Drew Monkman,
“like a piece of Algonquin Park…dropped into the City of Peterborough”
Harper Park remains relatively unknown to the citizens of Peterborough. Some may say that this is a bonus, that the cryptic nature of the park has allowed it to remain in its natural state, with its wild inhabitants relatively undisturbed. The flip side of this argument of course, is that it is hard to feel an attachment to a place if you have never interacted with it in a meaningful way. Such is the conundrum with Harper …