Help rename Centennial Gardens

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Update (July 14): The initial opportunity to provide naming suggestions has closed. The City will review the submissions and seek further public input in the coming weeks.

On Monday, May 31, City Council initiated the public process to rename Centennial Gardens, with 'Richard Pierpoint Park' to be considered as one of the options.

Council is asking that consideration be given for additional recognition within the park for the Indigenous community, and is asking consideration be given to ways to recognize Canada's centennial and the creation of the park, such as naming a park asset like the pavilion.

Have your say:

  • The City is calling on residents to help rename Centennial Gardens, and would like your suggestions. We are also looking at ways to continue to recognize Canada's centennial and the creation of the park.
  • Naming suggestions can be submitted using our online form at the bottom of this page.
  • New names for the park will be accepted until Tuesday, July 13 at 4 p.m.
  • Once all suggestions have been received, staff will review the names and seek public input on considerations in August. Preference will be given to names that reflect the area's history, heritage, notable individuals and environment.
  • Following the public feedback period a name will be presented to City Council following the engagement process.

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Who Is Richard Pierpoint?

Richard Pierpoint was born about 1744 in Senegal. When he was sixteen, he was captured as a slave and sold to a British soldier. With the outbreak of the American Revolution, Pierpoint was one of a number of African American slaves who were offered freedom in exchange for fighting on the side of the British. Pierpoint served with the Butlers Rangers regiment. Following the end of the revolution the Butlers Rangers including Pierpoint settled in Niagara. Pierpoint’s land grant included some of the property which is today known as Centennial Gardens.

Following the outbreak of the war of 1812, Pierpoint volunteered immediately to join the Canadian Militia even though he was in his sixties at the time, serving with distinction in major battles on the Niagara Peninsula in the war. He died circa 1836.

Richard Pierpoint is officially recognized by the Government of Canada as a Significant Historic Person. His legacy is that of a leader in the early black Canadian community who fought and petitioned for causes important to himself, his community and to Canada as a whole. In 1985, a Provincial Plaque was dedicated to Richard Pierpoint in Centennial Gardens. The Federal Building in London, Ontario is dedicated to Pierpoint as is the Canadian Embassy in Senegal, the place of his birth.

Pierpoint is also listed on the List of Significant Local Individuals maintained by Heritage Planning staff and the St. Catharines Heritage Advisory Committee.

Update (July 14): The initial opportunity to provide naming suggestions has closed. The City will review the submissions and seek further public input in the coming weeks.

On Monday, May 31, City Council initiated the public process to rename Centennial Gardens, with 'Richard Pierpoint Park' to be considered as one of the options.

Council is asking that consideration be given for additional recognition within the park for the Indigenous community, and is asking consideration be given to ways to recognize Canada's centennial and the creation of the park, such as naming a park asset like the pavilion.

Have your say:

  • The City is calling on residents to help rename Centennial Gardens, and would like your suggestions. We are also looking at ways to continue to recognize Canada's centennial and the creation of the park.
  • Naming suggestions can be submitted using our online form at the bottom of this page.
  • New names for the park will be accepted until Tuesday, July 13 at 4 p.m.
  • Once all suggestions have been received, staff will review the names and seek public input on considerations in August. Preference will be given to names that reflect the area's history, heritage, notable individuals and environment.
  • Following the public feedback period a name will be presented to City Council following the engagement process.

You can sign up for updates on this project by selecting "Subscribe" under the Stay Informed graphic. We will share any updates on the project by email, as they become available.

Who Is Richard Pierpoint?

Richard Pierpoint was born about 1744 in Senegal. When he was sixteen, he was captured as a slave and sold to a British soldier. With the outbreak of the American Revolution, Pierpoint was one of a number of African American slaves who were offered freedom in exchange for fighting on the side of the British. Pierpoint served with the Butlers Rangers regiment. Following the end of the revolution the Butlers Rangers including Pierpoint settled in Niagara. Pierpoint’s land grant included some of the property which is today known as Centennial Gardens.

Following the outbreak of the war of 1812, Pierpoint volunteered immediately to join the Canadian Militia even though he was in his sixties at the time, serving with distinction in major battles on the Niagara Peninsula in the war. He died circa 1836.

Richard Pierpoint is officially recognized by the Government of Canada as a Significant Historic Person. His legacy is that of a leader in the early black Canadian community who fought and petitioned for causes important to himself, his community and to Canada as a whole. In 1985, a Provincial Plaque was dedicated to Richard Pierpoint in Centennial Gardens. The Federal Building in London, Ontario is dedicated to Pierpoint as is the Canadian Embassy in Senegal, the place of his birth.

Pierpoint is also listed on the List of Significant Local Individuals maintained by Heritage Planning staff and the St. Catharines Heritage Advisory Committee.

  • Survey Closed: Thank you to all who submitted their suggestions of names for the Lakeside Park Pavilion. Stay tuned, staff are reviewing the submissions and voting on a finalized list of possible names will open in the weeks to come.

    We want your suggestions on what to rename Centennial Gardens, and how to recognize Canada's centennial and the park's creation.

    Submit your suggestions for consideration. The submission form will close on Tuesday, July 13, at 4 p.m.

    Council has suggested renaming the park after Richard Pierpoint. Pierpoint, considered one of Canada’s most famous black loyalists, spent much of his adult life in St. Catharines after receiving a land grant that included some of the property which is known today as Centennial Gardens. 

    Submit your naming ideas
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