Neil Peart was born in Hamilton and lived in Hagarsville before the family moved to Port Dalhousie (pronounced da-LOO-zy, in case you didn’t know), which is part of St. Catharines. That’s where you’ll find Lakeside Park, a place that young Neil used to hang out.
If you got back to Rush’s 1975 album, Caress of Steel, you’ll find a song with that name. Neil wrote the lyrics based on his time in Lakeside Park.
Now that you know the backstory, you might want to consider signing a Change.org petition that is asking for a plaque or statue be erected in the park to commemorate Neil’s passing.
So far, over 10,000 people have signed up. A local real estate company has even pledged $1,000 towards the cost of any marker.
Mayor Walter Sendzik: Can you get it done?