The late Rush drummer Neil Peart has been honored by his hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada after residents voted to rename the popular Lakeside Park Pavilion in his honor.
The newly changed name — The Neil Peart Pavilion at Lakeside Park — is located in the Port Dalhousie area of town, which inspired his lyrics for “Lakeside Park” from Rush’s 1975 album, Caress of Steel.
Neil was loved by his town. Port Dalhousie Councilman Bruce Williamson said, “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.”
During Peart’s upbringing in Dalhousie, he developed the joy of reading and learning different sports. Neil once said, “Port Dalhousie in the late ’50s was a magical time and place, perfect for boyhood… Quiet streets for ball hockey, the lake for swimming, skating on Martindale Pond, the library to feed my growing appetite for reading and hordes of other ‘baby boomer’ kids around to share it all.”
Peart died on January 7th from brain cancer. He was 67.