TORONTO, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Votes have been tallied and Corktown Common is the winning name chosen
by the public for the signature new park in the West Don Lands. Name
That Park, an online naming contest sponsored by Waterfront Toronto and
The Grid, invited the public to submit their ideas for a new park name, and then
vote for their favourite.
The name Corktown Common references "Corktown" the larger neighbourhood
the park will be a part of—a neighbourhood named to honour the Irish
workers who settled there after their country's famine—and "Common"
reflecting that the park will belong to everyone. The new name must now
be approved by Toronto and East York Community Council on June 18.
During the six week Name That Park contest almost 450 suggestions were submitted and nearly 1,500 people
voted for their favourite name during the voting round. Corktown
Common, submitted by Mr. Tedd Konya, received the most votes. Mr. Konya
explained in his submission that the name was to "…honour the
neighborhood that was broken up with the highway ramps and is now
coming back to life thanks to redevelopment projects like the park."
Once approved by Community Council, the official renaming of the park
will take place when it opens later this summer.
"It's very appropriate that the public has once again chosen a winning
park name that embodies the idea that public spaces belong to the
people," said John Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto.
"Corktown Common, like Sherbourne Common, will be the centrepiece of
the neighbourhood and is helping to transform the former industrial
lands into one of Canada's most sustainable and technologically
Name That Park was launched on April 11 by Waterfront Toronto and The Grid as a way to encourage the public to participate in waterfront
revitalization and help name Toronto's newest park. The goal of the
contest was to select a name that reflects the park's unique setting on
Toronto's revitalized waterfront in the heart of what will become
Toronto's next great neighbourhood, a community that is people focused,
family friendly, environmentally sustainable and beautifully designed
for living. The 448 proposed names reflected a wide range of the park's
strengths and advantages, including geographical, historical and
At the end of the submission period a selection committee made up of a
broad range of community representatives, including local City
Councillor Pam McConnell, chose a shortlist of five names for public
voting. The shortlist, announced on May 6, was reviewed by the City of
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division to ensure the names met
the City of Toronto's Honourific and Street Naming Policy.
The park's working name - Don River Park - was influenced by its
location near the Don River in the heart of the West Don Lands. 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 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.
Mr. Tedd Konya, the winner of the Name That Park, will receive a
commemorative rendering of the park and will be invited to be part of
the park's opening celebrations later this summer.
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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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