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St. Catharines city council votes to name pavilion at Lakeside Park after Neil Peart

Wed, Jun 3, 2020@9:47PM | comments

Earlier today the St. Catharines city council unanimously voted to officially name the pavilion at Port Dalhousie's Lakeside Park the Neil Peart Pavilion to honor the late Neil Peart, who grew up in the city and worked at the park's former midway. From the St. Catharines Standard:

... "The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive," said Port Dalhousie Coun. Bruce Williamson. "Neil Peart's been one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park." ... On Jan. 27, council asked staff to begin the process of naming the pavilion - which had no name previously - and to consider Neil Peart as a potential name. The $1.8-million pavilion was constructed in Lakeside Park in 2017, replacing an older structure. Residents were asked to submit their ideas for pavilion names in February. City staff said a significant number of the submissions received over two weeks included Peart or Rush in the name. The submissions were reviewed by city staff and narrowed down to two finalists in April - Neil Peart Pavilion and Lakeside Park Pavilion. Residents were then asked to vote for their favourite. Of 746 votes, 606 people were in favour of Neil Peart Pavilion and 140 voted for Lakeside Park Pavilion. In its report to council Wednesday, staff quoted from Peart's song "Lakeside Park." "Staff recommend that the Neil Peart Pavilion is a fitting name to complement the history of Lakeside Park's 'willows in the breeze; Lakeside Park's so many memories with laughing rides, midway lights and shining stars on summer nights.'" Council voted to add "at Lakeside Park" to the name Neil Peart Pavilion to identify the setting because it is the name of his famous song. Mayor Walter Sendzik said the building will say Neil Peart Pavilion but the way it is marketed for tourism or shared in the community will be as the Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park. Peart's name was on a St. Catharines Heritage Advisory Committee list of significant local individuals whose contributions to the city are worthy of formal recognition. The list has 62 names of living and deceased residents from wide-ranging backgrounds who could be honoured in future projects. City staff will work with the Peart family and the city's heritage committee on interpretive signage at the pavilion to reflect the memory of Peart's career. A Neil Peart commemorative task force was also struck by the city in April to look at other ideas for honouring Peart with a statue or other memorial.

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