Montreal's Guido Nincheri Park to keep its name following public outcry
Park almost renamed 'Parc de la Ville de Quebec' for Montreal's 375th anniversary
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.
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.
Ho parlato con Roger Nincheri nipote del grande Guido, confermo che il nuovo parco conserverà il nome attuale e accoglierà la piazza Del Qc—@DenisCoderre
That space is where the statue gifted to Montreal by Quebec City for its anniversary will stand.
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.