Earlier today, the City of Kitchener announced that Martin Pathak and the Pathak family have donated 40 acres of land at 1111 Homer Watson Blvd., known as Budd Park, to the City of Kitchener in memory of Joanne DeFrancesco Pathak. This donation means Budd Park will continue to be the home of valuable recreational amenities for the community to continue to enjoy.

“On behalf of the residents of Kitchener, I want to thank Martin Pathak and the Pathak family for their generous donation of these lands to our community,” said Mayor Berry Vrbanovic. “The park has welcomed tens of thousands of residents and visitors to our community over the years, and today’s news will see that continue for many years to come.  This donation supports the City’s shared vision of fostering a caring city with spaces for neighbours to connect and to ensure a range of recreation and leisure opportunities are available for people of all ages in our community.”

The 40 acres of land, currently known as Budd Park, is home to soccer fields, ball diamonds, tennis courts, and other passive recreational park spaces

“We’re deeply honoured to announce the donation of 40 acres of land, currently known as Budd Park, to the City of Kitchener, in memory of my late wife Joanne,” said Martin Pathak. “We hope this contribution to the community will continue to enrich the lives of young people and residents and will give them an opportunity to enjoy the recreation amenities - like the soccer fields and ball diamonds for years to come.”

The donation was made official earlier today at a small recognition celebration which also included the reveal of a commemorative plaque that will be installed to mark the contribution of the Pathak family.

To learn more about the current amenities at Budd Park visit www.kitchener.ca/BuddPark.


For more information

Shawn Falcao
Manager, Corporate Communications

City of Kitchener