Four week wait for decision on Riverdale Park name change

Riverdale Park in Cornwall, Ont. on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – We’ll have to wait about four weeks to find out if a name change is being recommended for Riverdale Park.

Cornwall city council met behind closed doors Monday night to review the analysis and recommendation from the Commemorative Naming Committee. It was held in-camera because it concerned personal matters about an identifiable individual.

Three residents have asked to rename the west end park Gerry Grant Park after the 1980s councillor and 1992 Citizen of the Year.

Grant was also a World War Two veteran – injured in battle – and a local volunteer for over seven decades. He’s considered the main driver behind what is known today as the Legion Park ball fields. Grant was also given a number of awards over the years, including the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal.

Grant died last year at his home at Riverdale Terrace. He was 94.

Before Monday’s meeting, the request had garnered “a lot” of feedback from the community, according to the city’s clerk.

Manon Levesque says the recommendation will be on the agenda for the next council meeting on Sept. 9.

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