Pointe-Claire looking for input for new Tony Proudfoot Park

The City of Pointe-Claire says it wants residents' input in turning Tony Proudfoot Park from an idea to a reality.

In May of last year, the city announced it would be naming a new park at the intersection of Gendron and Des Frênes Aves. for the late former Alouettes player and CJAD 800 football analyst.

There will be two online polls set up on the Pointe-Claire, It's Who We Are web site, one of which is active now — until Feb. 18, residents are being asked to choose from one of three tribute options — signs in the shape of goalposts summarizing Proudfoot's life; a rock with a commemorative plaque, and a bench in the shape of a football with a commemorative plaque.

On Feb. 8, another poll will be activated — one asking residents to vote on playground equipment options.

A public consultation is also scheduled for Feb. 28 at Pointe-Claire city hall, to discuss the choices made.

Born in Winnipeg in 1949, Tony Proudfoot moved to Pointe-Claire as a child and went on to play 12 seasons in the CFL, nine of them with the Alouettes, winning two Grey Cups in 1974 and 1977. Later, he became a teacher and coach, and a football analyst on CJAD 800.

He was diagnosed with ALS in 2007, a disease which would claim his life three years later.

Work on the park is expected to begin in the spring, and it's expected to be open to the public by the spring of 2020.