Help rename Centennial Gardens

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Update (August 16): Staff have reviewed the hundreds of name submissions for Centennial Gardens, including overwhelming support for the name Richard Pierpoint Park. Other variations suggested, included Pierpoint Park, Captain Pierpoint Park, and Richard Pierpoint Memorial Gardens. We are asking for any additional feedback or input you feel would be valuable as we consider these suggestion to recognize Richard Pierpoint.

The City is looking for further feedback on the variation of these names. Based on historical significance, do you have a preference? Based on these names, are there any other factors you think City staff should consider when finalizing its recommendation?

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. Under the City's naming policy, preference will be given to names that reflect the area's history, heritage, notable individuals and environment.

Have your say:

  • The City previously called on residents to help rename Centennial Gardens by submitting suggestions. We had a great response, with overwhelming support for the name Richard Pierpoint Park, as well as other variations.
  • We are now providing an opportunity for further public input on the submissions. Feedback will be welcome until Sept. 14, at 4 p.m.
  • Following this round of public feedback, 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.

Update (August 16): Staff have reviewed the hundreds of name submissions for Centennial Gardens, including overwhelming support for the name Richard Pierpoint Park. Other variations suggested, included Pierpoint Park, Captain Pierpoint Park, and Richard Pierpoint Memorial Gardens. We are asking for any additional feedback or input you feel would be valuable as we consider these suggestion to recognize Richard Pierpoint.

The City is looking for further feedback on the variation of these names. Based on historical significance, do you have a preference? Based on these names, are there any other factors you think City staff should consider when finalizing its recommendation?

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. Under the City's naming policy, preference will be given to names that reflect the area's history, heritage, notable individuals and environment.

Have your say:

  • The City previously called on residents to help rename Centennial Gardens by submitting suggestions. We had a great response, with overwhelming support for the name Richard Pierpoint Park, as well as other variations.
  • We are now providing an opportunity for further public input on the submissions. Feedback will be welcome until Sept. 14, at 4 p.m.
  • Following this round of public feedback, 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.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Staff have reviewed the hundreds of name submissions for Centennial Gardens, including overwhelming support for the name Richard Pierpoint Park. Other variations suggested, included Pierpoint Park, Captain Pierpoint Park, and Richard Pierpoint Memorial Gardens.

    The City is looking for further feedback on the variation of these names. Based on historical significance, do you have a preference? Based on these names, are there any other factors you think City staff should consider when finalizing its recommendation?

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