TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The voting round for Name That Park is now underway. Until May 17, the public may vote for one of the five
names chosen from the 448 suggested names received from the public. The
name with the most number of votes will ultimately become the new name
of the park.
"We're extremely pleased that so many people are participating in the
contest to help us name this spectacular new park," said John Campbell,
President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto. "It's a reminder of how
important the waterfront is for the entire city and how much the public
values vibrant parks and public spaces."
The public is being asked to vote for their favourite new name on the
contest website at Name That Park from the shortlist of names. The shortlist of names includes:
Ataratiri Park: Ataratiri (pronounced "a-tar-a-TEER-y") is a Huron-Wendat word meaning
"supported by clay." That's fitting, because the park is built on top
of a clay flood protection landform that will prevent downtown Toronto
from flooding during a major storm event in the Don Watershed. If
Ataratiri sounds familiar, that's because it was also the name for a
previous plan for the area.
Corktown Common: "Corktown" for the larger neighbourhood the park will form a new part
of—a neighbourhood named to honour the Irish workers who settled there
after their country's famine—and "Common" because it will belong to
everyone. Corktown Common would be the second of two recent east-end
parks to share the "Common" designation: nearby Sherbourne Common
opened in 2010.
Don River Park: As a park running alongside the 38-kilometre-long Don River, Don River
Park as a name doesn't need much in the way of explanation: it would be
called what it is - a park designed to celebrate its location in one of
Toronto's most significant watersheds. (And it would get to keep
Waterfront Toronto's working name for it.)
King's Reserve: King's Park, stretching from Berkeley Street to Queen Street East to
the Don River, was one of two reserves set out by Lt.-Gov. John Graves
Simcoe for public use when the Town of York was founded in 1793. (The
other, on the western end of town, was the Garrison Reserve.)
Wonscotonach Park: Before Lt.-Gov. John Graves Simcoe renamed it after England's River
Don in the 18th century, the river that abuts the park was called
Wonscotonach (pronounced Waw-sco-taw-NAWSH) by Mississaugas of New
Credit First Nation people. In her diary at the time, Elizabeth Simcoe
wrote that the word meant "back burnt grounds," though some scholars
prefer "burning bright point."
The goal of the contest is to select a name that reflects the park's
unique setting on Toronto's revitalized waterfront in the heart of what
will become one of Canada's newest, most technologically advanced and
Currently known as Don River park due to its location near the Don
River, the park is inspired by the site's many inherent assets—its
strong connections to the city, its proximity to the Don River, its
unique ecological history, and its position on top of the area's flood
protection landform. The design maximizes the exceptional topography
and capitalizes on the unique landscape to open sightlines to the
Toronto skyline, the Don River and beyond.
At 7.3 hectares (18 acres) the park is the largest in the area and will
become the heart of the new community. Located between Bayview Avenue
and the GO/CN railroad lines, from King Street to the rail corridor in
the south, the park is leveraging essential public infrastructure to
deliver a magnificent public amenity.
Park names were submitted to The Grid's Name That Park contest website between April 11 and April 25. The 448
proposed names reflected a wide range of the park's strengths and
advantages, including geographical, historical and environmental
The shortlist of five names was chosen by a selection committee made up
of a broad range of community representatives and reviewed by the City
of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department to ensure the
proposed names meet the city's naming policies.
The shortlist of names will be posted on the contest website from May 6
to May 17, where people will be able to vote for their favourite name.
The name that receives the most votes will be declared the winner and
will be announced on May 22, 2013. The winning name will be declared
official following approval by the city.
Official contest rules and the City of Toronto's Honourific and Street
Naming Policy are available on the contest website.
Follow Waterfront Toronto and The Grid on Facebook and Twitter for the
latest contest updates.
The Governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Toronto created
Waterfront Toronto to oversee and lead the renewal of Toronto's
waterfront. Public accessibility, design excellence, sustainable
development, economic development and fiscal sustainability are the key
drivers of waterfront revitalization.
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