Frost Park is a beautiful spot on any given day. But recently, Yarmouth's favourite downtown park received a new fixture that is both amazing and educational.
A new display panel has been installed at the top of the park on Main Street to commemorate the memory and service of Argyle native Charles Sydney ("Syd") Frost, whose name was used to (re)name the park in 1958.
Although Frost Park and other locations in Yarmouth offer similar displays telling the stories of important figures of our past, the park was missing something fully informative for park-goers to learn about Syd Frost. This was noticed by author and historian, Frank Gogos, who visited Yarmouth and Frost Park in 2012. Gogos, who is very familiar with the contributions made by Frost, is a member of The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Regimental Advisory Council. The Council is a charitable foundation made up of former military officers, senior NCOs and civilians to promote, liaise and fund initiatives to recognize the history and achievements of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Frost had a distinguished military service record during World War I serving with the 1st Royal Newfoundland Regiment. He moved up in rank from private to captain and was awarded the Military Cross.
"In 2012 I attended the Wharf Rat Rally in Digby and made a special trip to Yarmouth specifically to visit Frost Park," explains Gogos. "I noticed that the bust just inside the entrance listed his Military Cross, but nothing else to commemorate his service. I took note of the other storyboards around Yarmouth and thought this would be a good idea to address the lack of information."
A few years later, Gogos proposed the idea to his Advisory Council and was given the go ahead to develop the display. The panel became a cost-sharing effort between the Advisory Council and the Town of Yarmouth. "The support we received was outstanding from my organization and the Town of Yarmouth," said Gogos.
Gogos generously donated research and design time for the panel for free. David Mercer, another member of the museum and advisory council, worked alongside Gogos on the final touches. The Bank of Nova Scotia donated money to offset costs and local history enthusiasts and all-around super citizens David Sollows and Dave Warner provided input through their knowledge of Frost and having previously developed displays throughout the town. Town of Yarmouth Parks & Facilities Supervisor Todd Muise was also involved.
Be sure to make your way to downtown Yarmouth to visit Frost Park to get a full appreciation of the wonderful new fixture.
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