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Suncor Naming Rights Partnership Agreement

By City Staff

The City is pleased to announce that a Naming Rights and Sponsorship Agreement for the new outdoor stage and gathering area within Centennial Park has been developed between the City of Sarnia and Suncor Energy. The name for the facility and immediate surrounding area will be known as the Suncor Agora. The $250,000 funding commitment made by Suncor will go directly towards enhancements and improvements to the facility and immediate surrounding area. The recommendation to approve Suncor as the Naming Rights and Sponsorship Partner will be made at the May 29, 2017 regular City Council meeting.

Following Council approval, a formal public announcement and unveiling of the 12 year partnership agreement will be made at the June 17, 2017 Centennial Park Celebration and Everything Ontario event.

As part of the 150th anniversary of Ontario and Canada celebrations, this event will bring the community together to celebrate, participate, and ignite a new sense of community pride. This celebration is meant to showcase the new amenities of our newly revitalized Centennial Park highlighted by the new outdoor stage and gathering area.

“We are very pleased and look forward to developing a wonderful relationship with our community partner, Suncor, with a common goal of enhancing the success of Centennial Park and the Sarnia waterfront,” said Rob Harwood, Director of Parks and Recreation. “The Suncor Agora will be an excellent community space and will provide a positive impact within our community. We look forward to building a legacy together within the revitalized Centennial Park.”

‘Agora’ is a Greek term that means "gathering place." In ancient times, the agora was the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city. The name was chosen from a list of suggestions that came from Suncor employees.

“Sarnia’s waterfront is one of the many things that make our city a great place to live. It plays an important role in bringing the community together and we’re proud to support its re-opening,” said Mark Hiseler, vice president, Sarnia Refinery. “As the City of Sarnia prepares to re-open the park to the public, we certainly feel the name embodies the role the gathering space will once again play in our community.”

This article was posted Wednesday, May 24, 2017 9:43 AM

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