Park Naming

Consultation has concluded

The Town of Halton Hills wishes to notify the public of a park naming request for “Henry Thomas Shepherd, M.B.E. Park”.

The Town’s park naming policy allows residents, Council or staff to request naming of parks or park elements to reflect significant local persons in place of the standard park name. Typically parks are named after the street on which they are located (i.e. Miller Drive Park).

Council approved in principle that the park located on Dayfoot Drive (Dayfoot Drive Park) be named “Henry Thomas Shepherd, M.B.E. Park” in honour of Henry Thomas Shepherd, M.B.E. a local resident of Halton Hills. The existing park is named with the standard naming policy as it is located on Dayfoot Drive.

Henry Thomas Shepherd was the grandson of one of the first documented black settlers in Georgetown who arrived via the Underground Railway. He was born in Stewarttown in 1895 where his family first lived at the Murray Farm (15 Sideroad), and later settled in the area surrounding Dayfoot Drive Park. He lived and worked in Town for his whole life including Fleck’s Paper Mill for 49 years. Following a lifetime of achievements and honours serving his community and country, Henry Thomas Shepherd died in 1960.

Because of the family history and connection with the area around Dayfoot Drive Park, it was requested that the park be named in his honour.

The Town of Halton Hills wishes to notify the public of a park naming request for “Henry Thomas Shepherd, M.B.E. Park”.

The Town’s park naming policy allows residents, Council or staff to request naming of parks or park elements to reflect significant local persons in place of the standard park name. Typically parks are named after the street on which they are located (i.e. Miller Drive Park).

Council approved in principle that the park located on Dayfoot Drive (Dayfoot Drive Park) be named “Henry Thomas Shepherd, M.B.E. Park” in honour of Henry Thomas Shepherd, M.B.E. a local resident of Halton Hills. The existing park is named with the standard naming policy as it is located on Dayfoot Drive.

Henry Thomas Shepherd was the grandson of one of the first documented black settlers in Georgetown who arrived via the Underground Railway. He was born in Stewarttown in 1895 where his family first lived at the Murray Farm (15 Sideroad), and later settled in the area surrounding Dayfoot Drive Park. He lived and worked in Town for his whole life including Fleck’s Paper Mill for 49 years. Following a lifetime of achievements and honours serving his community and country, Henry Thomas Shepherd died in 1960.

Because of the family history and connection with the area around Dayfoot Drive Park, it was requested that the park be named in his honour.

Consultation has concluded
  • Park may be named in memory of veteran with Newmarket roots

    4 months ago

    A public park is a place to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors.

    And perhaps soon, visitors to Dayfoot Drive Park in Halton Hills may have the opportunity to contemplate the life of one of only 23 Black Canadian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, and served as company sergeant major at the Newmarket Training Camp 23 from 1940 to 1944.


    A public park is a place to connect with nature and enjoy the great outdoors.

    And perhaps soon, visitors to Dayfoot Drive Park in Halton Hills may have the opportunity to contemplate the life of one of only 23 Black Canadian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, and served as company sergeant major at the Newmarket Training Camp 23 from 1940 to 1944.


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