Rename This Park - Ryerson

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The park currently known as Ryerson Park at 565 Woodview Road will be renamed to reflect the City’s current naming policies for City assets. The new name must reflect equity, diversity and inclusion consistent with today’s standards. Staff will take the suggestions submitted and report back to Committee with a recommendation for a new name by November 2021.

Why are we renaming Ryerson Park?

At the June 16, 2021 meeting of the Halton District School Board (HDSB), trustees unanimously approved a motion to rename Ryerson Public School on Woodview Road in Burlington, in accordance with the Board’s Naming and Renaming Schools Policy and Governance Procedure.

As part of the Board motion, the Chair of the Board sent a letter to inform the City of this decision. Burlington City Council then unanimously voted to rename Ryerson Park. This was done out of respect for Indigenous residents in our community, particularly following the recent discovery of mass graves at former residential schools. Suggestions for indigenous names for the park are welcome.

Ryerson Public School, and adjacent Ryerson Park, are named after Egerton Ryerson for his contributions to the Ontario education system, however, Ryerson was also instrumental in the design of Canada’s residential school system. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada concluded this assimilation amounted to the genocide of Indigenous people. Our indigenous community should enjoy our parks and public spaces without a reminder of this. Renaming our city park is one step we can take toward reconciliation with our indigenous residents.

Residents are invited to suggest a new name for the park. Once the finalists are selected, you can vote on your favourite name. The top names will be given to City Council for final approval.

The park currently known as Ryerson Park at 565 Woodview Road will be renamed to reflect the City’s current naming policies for City assets. The new name must reflect equity, diversity and inclusion consistent with today’s standards. Staff will take the suggestions submitted and report back to Committee with a recommendation for a new name by November 2021.

Why are we renaming Ryerson Park?

At the June 16, 2021 meeting of the Halton District School Board (HDSB), trustees unanimously approved a motion to rename Ryerson Public School on Woodview Road in Burlington, in accordance with the Board’s Naming and Renaming Schools Policy and Governance Procedure.

As part of the Board motion, the Chair of the Board sent a letter to inform the City of this decision. Burlington City Council then unanimously voted to rename Ryerson Park. This was done out of respect for Indigenous residents in our community, particularly following the recent discovery of mass graves at former residential schools. Suggestions for indigenous names for the park are welcome.

Ryerson Public School, and adjacent Ryerson Park, are named after Egerton Ryerson for his contributions to the Ontario education system, however, Ryerson was also instrumental in the design of Canada’s residential school system. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada concluded this assimilation amounted to the genocide of Indigenous people. Our indigenous community should enjoy our parks and public spaces without a reminder of this. Renaming our city park is one step we can take toward reconciliation with our indigenous residents.

Residents are invited to suggest a new name for the park. Once the finalists are selected, you can vote on your favourite name. The top names will be given to City Council for final approval.

  • Date for Voting on Names To Be Determined

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    Thank you to everyone who completed the Ryerson Park renaming survey - over 500 entries were sent in. Additional time is needed to go through the submissions and voting will begin at a later date. Stay tuned to getinvolvedburlington.ca for updates.

  • Name Suggestion Survey is now Closed

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    Thanks to everyone that took the time to suggest names for the park. There were over 500 submissions sent in. A panel will review the names and create a short list, which the public can then vote on starting on September 20.

Page last updated: 21 September 2021, 16:03