In the fall of 2017, Council adopted a new Policy on how to name Streets, Parks and Facilities. One of the criteria is that: the nominated individual shall have demonstrated excellence, courage or exceptional service to the citizens of the Town of Cobourg, the Province of Ontario, and/or Canada, including past Mayors and veterans of military conflicts. Based on Peter Delanty’s service as Mayor from 2000 to 2010, and continued service in many of the Town’s committees, Peter fits the criterion and now has a Park named after him. Gil said that he and Peter were on Council together and he can personally testify to Peter’s contribution to the Town. In his youth, Peter spent a lot of time at Coverdale Park and at the renaming ceremony, Mayor Gil Brocanier shared reminiscences about how Peter was very competitive.
Gil read out a long list of committees that Peter has served on, most recently the 2017 150 celebrations committee. Peter’s family has a long history of involvement in the Town; Peter’s grandfather was on Council in 1896 and his father served on council for four terms including as Mayor from 1933 to 1936. There is already a Delanty Street but it’s named after Peter’s father.
Peter said that this was a humbling experience and that he felt honoured.
At the renaming event, all Council members were there (except Forrest Rowden) as well as Peter’s family including young grandchildren (see photos below).
The park on Coverdale Avenue has a baseball (or softball) diamond, tennis courts, children’s play equipment and washrooms. Peter said that later this fall a new Red Maple tree would be planted in the Park. He thanked Gil and the Parks Manager Jason Johns for making the renaming happen.
- Street Park and Facility Naming Policy – 20 October 2017
- Streets of Cobourg – a history of Cobourg and its streets – by Peter Delanty