Montreal's Guido Nincheri Park to keep its name following public outcry

Following a public outcry, the city has decided to keep the name of Guido Nincheri on an east-end park.

Park almost renamed 'Parc de la Ville de Quebec' for Montreal's 375th anniversary

Roger Boccini Nincheri stands with a photo of his grandfather, Italian-Canadian artist Guido Nincheri. A plan to rename a park bearing the artist's name has been abandoned. (Dominic Brassard/Radio-Canada)

Following a public outcry, the city has decided to keep the name of artist Guido Nincheri on an east-end park.

The park was slated to be renamed "Parc de la Ville de Quebec" for Montreal's 375th anniversary next year.

Guido Nincheri Park, located at Rachel Street and Pie-IX Boulevard, got its name at Montreal's 350th anniversary.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre tweeted Monday night that he had just spoken with Nincheri's grandson, Roger Boccini Nincheri, about keeping the family's name on the park.

"We won," Boccini Nincheri told CBC News, adding that his family members were dancing after getting off the phone with Coderre.

Guido Nincheri Park is across the street from Nincheri's old studio. It was named after him for Montreal's 350th anniversary. (Elysha Enos/CBC)

A piazza instead

Coderre tweeted in Italian that the park would keep its name and have a space made in it for "Piazza del Quebec" or "Place de la Ville de Quebec" in French.

That space is where the statue gifted to Montreal by Quebec City for its anniversary will stand. 

Nincheri, a celebrated artist best known for his frescos and stained glass works, had a studio across the street from the park. The studio is now housed in the Dufresne-Nincheri Museum.
Guido Nincheri brought artistic techniques learned in Florence, Italy, to North America. He was known for his frescoes and stained glass windows. (CBC)

The outcry to save the park included members of the Italian community reaching out to Coderre personally, contacting Official Opposition party members, as well as launching a petition that collected more than 650 signatures.