The Bowring Park Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1995 by area residents and St. John’s Councillor Keith Coombs. At the time, citizens were expressing concern over deteriorating conditions in the park due to extensive public use.


The Foundation

The Foundation’s Honorary Patron was Derrick Bowring, the last Chair of Bowring Brothers’ Ltd which was the firm that gifted the park to the city. The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and its mandate is to assist the City of St. John’s in the preservation, restoration, and development of Bowring Park. Over the past 25 years, the Foundation has worked diligently to offer patrons leisure and recreational activities and to make the park more accessible and inclusive.



Sheri Wicks (Chair), Gaylynne Gulliver (Vice-Chair), Susan Squires (Treasurer),
Councillor Sandy Hickman (City of St. John’s Council Representative), Brian Head (City of St. John’s Staff Representative)


Stephanie Bowring, Stephanie Dunn, Ron Ellsworth, Mark Gauci, Fraser Piccott,  Robert Squires, Helena Turner, Chris Whelan

View past board of directors

At a time when restraints and cutbacks have become the norm, it is gratifying to be part of an organization that is striving to grow and prosper in its quest to build on what has been called the “jewel in the crown” of St. John’s

— Keith Coombs, White Swan Club Newsletter, Fall 1995