Neil Peart Will Have A Pavilion Named After Him
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It Got More Than 80% Votes
Rush drummer Neil Peart was recently honored in his Canadian hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada with a pavilion in Port Dalhousie named after him. St. Catharines city council confirmed the news and on June 3, they made it official – the Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park.
The voting took place in two weeks and it got over 80% of the online votes. The winning name was then presented to the council for the final approval.
Port Dalhousie Councillor Bruce Williamson told the St. Catharines Standard, “The public voting on naming is obviously fairly conclusive. Neil Peart’s been one of our most famous local individuals and a lot of his songs have local roots, including the namesake park.”
The petition was initially made by Tony McLaughlin. He said, “Neil spent a lot of his youth in Port Dalhousie as can be heard in the famous song he penned, ‘Lakeside Park’. What an amazing tribute it would be to him to have this placed there. We’re all very proud of his accomplishments after he made that fateful audition in Toronto back in the 70s. If we all pull together, we can make this happen.”
Peart even penned a song titled “Lakeside Park” and it was featured on the band’s third album “Caress of Steel.” He died on January 7 following a lengthy battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer.