Lots of comments on Riverdale Park name change proposal

Riverdale Park in Cornwall, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. The city's clerk says the municipality has received "a lot" of feedback on changing the name to Gerry Grant Park. City council will discuss the name change behind closed doors on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Residents have had a lot to say about changing the name of Riverdale Park.

Cornwall’s clerk says the municipality has received “a lot” of feedback both by email and through social media.

Though Manon Levesque could not say what the consensus of those comments were because the matter will be discussed at tonight’s (Monday) council meeting. The feedback went to the Commemorative Naming Committee for its review and recommendation.

The city received a request last month from Marvin Plumadore, Heather Megill and Peter Morgan to rename the west end park, Gerry Grant Park, after the former 1980s councillor and Citizen of the Year (1992).

Council will meet in-camera at 6 p.m. about renaming of Riverdale Park because it concerns personal matters about an identifiable individual.

There is no bylaw or resolution on the agenda after the closed session to rename the park, though the clerk believed council would have to “close the loop” on the issue.