Place Name: Charles Simmonds Park
Feature Type (Year Approved): Park (1965)
Name Origins: Commemorative
Please see the previous entry ‘Charles Anderson’ for the name ‘Charles’.
English: variant of Simon.
English: relationship name from the common Middle English personal name Simon.
From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland
Cultural Affiliation: English
Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie
English-born Charles Simmonds (1893-1962) was an alderman and long-serving president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues. Before emigrating to Canada in 1921, Simmonds served as a major in the British Army during WWI and was awarded the Military Cross. After moving to Edmonton in 1934, he became an active member of the community, serving on city council as an alderman from 1954 to 1955 and filling the post of president of the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues 13 times. The Charles Simmonds Park is in the Belgravia neighbourhood and has an area of 1.53 ha.
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