Royal castle in Apeldoorn

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


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.

Canadian RCR band in Apeldoorn following the town’s liberation in April, 1945


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.

John Best has had a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

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