Guy-Paxton park will not be renamed for Daisy Peterson-Sweeney
Published Sunday, August 12, 2018 1:03PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, August 13, 2018 7:42AM EDT
The City of Montreal and the family of late piano teacher Daisy Peterson-Sweeney are still in talks over how to honour her legacy.
She taught the likes of her brother Oscar Peterson and friend Oliver Jones, among thousands of others.
On Sunday, while friends and supporters of Peterson-Sweeney gathered at Union United church to mark the one-year anniversary of her passing, a spokesperson for the city confirmed that the parties have not reached an agreement over what city street, landmark, or park will bear her name.
Service at Union United Church in Montreal’s Little Burgundy pays tribute to Daisy Peterson-Sweeney one year after her death; family says Guy-Paxton Park will not be named in her honour @CTVMontreal pic.twitter.com/gyj1KaUuwt— Max Harrold (@MHarroldCTV) August 12, 2018
According to Youssef Amane, "discussions are being had" between parties about how to proceed - and there's still hope that a solution can be found to please everyone.
"Discussions were really positive and constructive on Friday, so we're confident we'll find a way to honour the legacy of Mrs. Peterson-Sweeney," Amane said in a written statement.
After an initial promise made by former Mayor Denis Coderre - to name a street after Peterson-Sweeney - fell through, there was a second proposal made: to rename a tiny park at the corner of Guy and Paxton Sts. in the Ville Marie Borough.
Celine Peterson, Peterson Sweeney's niece was quick to voice her disapproval of that proposal, saying at the time that Guy-Paxton Park "looks like a dog run."
In Friday's meeting with Mayor Valerie Plante, family members said a potential renaming of Guy-Paxton park wasn't exactly what they wanted.
As discussions continue, the family says they're relieved to have a say in the planning process of this memorial, and have been given a few options to consider.
With a report from Max Harrold.