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Parks, community centre to get new names
Back in 1960, the City of Richmond wrote to Burnaby's parks commission asking it to change the name of Richmond Park in the Edmonds neighbourhood due to confusion.
In 2000, the commission asked its parks names and signs committee to consider renaming it, after many stories of people trying to find Richmond Park—in Richmond.
With a new community centre set to open early next year, the commission has decided a change is in order, and has now approved renaming the greenspace to Edmonds Park.
According to a city staff report, Richmond Park was named for its geographic location on what used to be Richmond Road or Richmond Street, which was eventually renamed Elwell Street. There is no evidence it was ever named for an individual or pioneer family.
As for the new facility currently being built on the former site of the Eastburn Community Centre, it will be renamed Edmonds Community Centre.
The aquatic space inside will be named the Fred Randall Pool in recognition of the former Burnaby-Edmonds New Democrat MLA who died in 2002.
Randall lived in the neighbourhood for 41 years and was active in the Burnaby community, including involvement in numerous community groups, serving as alderman from 1976 to 1981 and 1987 to 1990—where he was instrumental in the adoption of a fair wage policy for city employees—and as MLA from 1991 to 1996.
He was one of four Burnaby MLAs who helped facilitate an agreement between the province, Simon Fraser University and city hall to transfer about 773 acres of SFU land back to the city for inclusion in the Burnaby Mountain Conservation Area, the report said.
Over in North Burnaby, a portion of Westridge Park will be renamed Lou Moro Park for the late nearby resident well known for his work as a trainer for professional and community athletes.
The section of the park located east of Cliff Avenue and north of Hastings Street will be renamed for Moro, who lived in the neighbourhood for almost 50 years until he died in 2009.
Having immigrated from Italy, Moro was introduced to lacrosse as a child living in Trail. During his time in the navy during the Second World War, he began his career as a trainer with the Canadian naval hockey team. He went on to become one of the most respected trainers in the country in soccer and lacrosse, and was inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of fame as an all-round builder in 1995, and as a team member of the 1989 Vancouver 86ers and 1964 Vancouver Carlings.
Moro was also inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Italian-Canadian Cultural Hall of Fame and the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame.