It looks like Neil Peart WILL get a memorial in Lakeside Park in St. Catharines

All good Rush fans know that Neil Pearl spent his teen years in the Port Dalhousie are of St. Catharines. One of his favourite hangouts was Lakeside Park, something he details in this song from Rush’s third album, Caress of Steel.

Within days of Neil’s death, a petition was launched, asking for the City of St. Catharines to create some kind of memorial to Neil in the park.

Well, it seems to have paid off. Exactly 25,987 people signed the petition, convincing Mayor Walter Sendzik to put forth a motion on January 27 to have a pavilion in the park after Neil. It’s not a statue (one thing mentioned in the petition) but a plaque on the pavilion will work just fine.

It should be a slam-dunk approval. And it helps that Neil’s family is on board with the whole idea.

Given Neil’s ultra-private nature, this whole gesture would probably have made him cringe. But remember that these sorts of things are done to help the living cope with the loss of a loved one.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “It looks like Neil Peart WILL get a memorial in Lakeside Park in St. Catharines

  • January 24, 2020 at 1:17 am

    my first night in St. Catherine’s was spent there after a night of drinking

    • January 24, 2020 at 1:19 am

      and the bar which I don’t remember the name played this song as I was sitting on the picnic table


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