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Thursday, July 3, 2014

New arts park in Toronto's Willowdale community to be named after Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
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Councillor John Fillon at new park siteA new, arts-themed park in the Toronto neighborhood of Willowdale is slated to begin construction next year and Councillor John Fillon - who represents the area - has proposed the park be named arter 2 of it's most famous residents - Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. From Fillon's written proposal to the North York Community Council last month:

The City has acquired lands to create a new park ... The park is being designed this year and will be constructed in 2015. The new park will have an Arts theme, specifically related to music and sound. It is appropriate to consider naming the park after musicians with a connection to the Willowdale area. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson are founding members of the band Rush, which has a highly successful career spanning decades. ... Rush was started by Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson when they were students at Fisherville Junior High School in Willowdale. They both grew up in Willowdale and attended school here. Early rehearsals and songwriting took place in the area, as did many of the band's early performances at local high schools. ...

The idea was first put forth at a consultation meeting held on April 22, 2014 and was very favorably received by residents. The naming is also supported by two local organizations, North York Arts and Willowdale Central Ratepayers' Association. The park would be called Lee Lifeson Arts Park and both Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson have already agreed to the naming if it becomes official. Thanks to Nick C for the heads up.

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