The City of Burlington wants your opinion: Are you in favour of changing the name of the park on Elgin Street to Apeldoorn Park in honour of our twin city in the Netherlands? The city is now asking that question online at www.burlington.ca.
On April 17, 1945, Canadian soldiers liberated the city of Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. Subsequently, Apeldoorn held massive parades every five years to honour its Canadian heroes.
By 2005, Burlington and Apeldoorn formally celebrated that bond by becoming twinned cities.
The City of Burlington purchased the land for Elgin Park in 1972, naming it after the street. In 2007, city council agreed to a program where Burlington and Apeldoorn would design parks named for the twin cities.
Eventually, Elgin Park was identified as the ideal location to carry the Apeldoorn name. The Park has since been redesigned in consultation with city officials in Apeldoorn.
With redevelopment plans in place, the city is asking Burlington residents if they support renaming the park in recognition of that bond of friendship and gratitude with the citizens of Apeldoorn.