Renaming of athletic park a fitting tribute to sports supporter
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 09:58 am
When Ed Eggerer passed away in March of 2013 at the age of 69, the community lost a businessman, philanthropist and sports advocate. In his honour, East Lake Athletic Park was renamed the Ed Eggerer Athletic Park on July 1.
WestMark Holdings Ltd. put Eggerer’s name forward when suggestions for renaming of the park were solicited by the City in February.
Helen Shields of WestMark said the company was always impressed by his promotion of Airdrie as the first choice of where to do business, and his involvement in the community.
Eggerer’s wife, Sylvia, was on hand at the renaming and unveiled a plaque making the change official just before the fireworks went off at the park.
Eggerer’s ties to sports in the community included refereeing basketball and volleyball and coaching a variety of sports. Sylvia said her late husband would have been “over the moon” at the rededication of the park in his honour.
“Ed never did anything expecting he’d get an award,” said Sylvia. “He did it for the community and for the kids. He would have been amazed to be honoured this way. As his family, we feel the same way.”
A recipient of the Rotary Club’s prestigious Paul Harris Award and a Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2012, the 33-year resident was posthumously honoured as Volunteer of the Year by the City of Airdrie in 2013.
Eggerer served as a director of the Airdrie Housing Society and the Airdrie Rotary Club, was a founder of George McDougall High School’s SOS Program that raised funds for the school’s sports teams, and a director of the Airdrie Bethany Society.
“We don’t really have a legacy and that re-dedication really hit it out of the park,” said Mayor Peter Brown when reviewing the event at the City council meeting on July 7. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to do some more of these in future and recognize more important residents like Ed Eggerer in the future.”
The announcer’s box at the park now bears a sign saying “Ed’s Perch,” thanks to a collaboration between the City, WestMark and McKee Homes.
Shields said WestMark approached the City when they were looking to help a municipal facility.
The idea of building an announcer’s box at the athletic field was put forward and Shields said the company immediately knew it was a great fit. They partnered with McKee Homes who constructed the box.
“If Ed were still with us, I know he would be volunteering with the 2014 Summer Games in a big way,” said Shields. “His involvement in kids sports went beyond his own children.”
Eggerer’s two daughters now live in Airdrie and were on hand for the ceremony, along with their families.
Sylvia was thrilled the dedication took place before the Canada Day fireworks. She has fond memories of watching fireworks with her husband and family.
“Ed would have liked that.”