Goldridge Park is set to become Jim Malone Park to honour the Kanata Lakes resident for his contributions to the community.
The park, located at 400 Goldridge Dr., got the OK to change the name from city council on Sept. 26.
“We have a tradition here, naming parks after people who’ve done a lot,” said Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson. “Jim’s done a lot.”
She said Goldridge Park was chosen because the Kanata Lakes Community Association, of which Malone is a former president and vice-president, used to meet at the schoolhouse S.S. No. 1, located at the same address as the park.
“It’s quite an honour,” said Malone, who’s lived in Kanata Lakes for 22 years.
Malone received a City of Kanata Volunteer Recognition Award for outstanding contributions to his community in 1999, and has been recognized by the Ontario Provincial Police for his volunteer work in community policing.
Malone has volunteered with both the OPP and Ottawa Police Service for 17 years. He co-ordinated the home security inspection program, was a key player in the seat-belt program and trained other police volunteers.
“My basic philosophy is, if you live in a community and want a healthy community…you have to involve yourself,” said Malone, also a former chair of the Kanata Seniors Council and a major force behind the creation of a seniors’ centre in Kanata.
“If you want to make a safe neighbourhood you have to work for it.”
Currently, Malone is an active member of the Kanata Lakes Community Association and Kanata United Church, where he sings in the seniors’ choir and does the readings.