The City of St. John's announced on Friday it would be naming its newest recreation centre after a man who represented his neighbourhood for years.

The $30-million design for the new centre in Wedgewood Park in the city's east end was unveiled on Friday, where it was announced the building would be named after Paul Reynolds.

Barbara Reynolds

Barbara Reynolds says it was an honour to find out the new community centre being built in Wedgewood Park would be named after her husband Paul Reynolds, who died in 2011. (CBC)

Reynolds died from cancer in 2011.

His wife, Barbara Reynolds, said it was great to find out the park would be dedicated to her husband.

"It's just such an honour, for Paul especially, and he deserves every bit of it. He worked so, so very hard for this community and for the city as a whole. He was a great man and we miss him deeply," she said.

MHA Steve Kent, Mayor Dennis O'Keefe and other city councillors were on had for the sod turning.

Reynolds was the mayor of Wedgewood Park before it amalgamated with St. John's in the early 1990s.