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A new place for the smaller park bake oven

the smaller bake oven is now down by the cob kitchen

The park's two community bake ovens are (were!) both at the northwest corner, where the rink is now being demolished. The city's Capital Projects team found out during the community planning sessions that the smaller oven -- which didn't fit in with the new plans in its original location -- could be moved -- instead of being demolished.

On March 29, city staff extracted the smaller from its base and put it up on skids. They dug out a flat base in the new location, and then, early on April Fool's Day, they rolled the smaller oven along the main path down to the south end of the park near the cob kitchen, and installed it there.

You can't do a move like that without some mighty big machines!

big machines were needed

This smaller oven was built by a group of baking enthusiasts from all over the city, in two weeks in May 2000. With the help of funds donated by the Maytree Foundation, master oven-builder Alan Scott came here from Petaluma California to lead the crew. They built the oven well. Since then, thousands of pizzas, loaves of bread, pies and stews have been baked in there. The residual heat has been perfect for making oven-dried tomatoes and roasting corn for winter storage.

When we looked inside the oven after its move, there was the kindling and the wood all ready to go, with crumpled up newspaper -- still from early March 2020, before everything was stopped for the province's pandemic rules. It's like the spell that was cast over the castle in the tale of Sleeping Beauty. Can the oven be awakened soon?



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