City greenlights Daisy Sweeney Park in Little Burgundy
The city of Montreal will rename the Charlevoix Rufus Rockhead Park near the Lachine Canal in Little Burgundy after the woman who helped mentor two Montreal jazz legends.
Daisy Peterson Sweeney taught her brother, Oscar Peterson, and Oliver Jones how to play piano.
Mayor Valerie Plante says renaming the park was a family decision, after the family rejected the city's first suggestion — a sliver of greenspace near the corner of Guy and Paxton Sts. that's used as little more than a dog run in the neighborhood.
The city will also rename part of nearby Lévis St. after Sweeney. The street will intersect with two other streets named for Montreal jazz icons — Rufus Rockhead, owner of the legendary Rockhead's Paradise nightclub, and jazz bassist Charlie Biddle.
Sweeney died in August 2017 at the age of 97.