What’s in a name?
The City of Toronto is looking to rename one of our South Etobicoke parks and they want your say!
Have your say in renaming Long Branch Park
Long Branch Park located at 245 Lake Promenade or Len Ford Park, located at 295 Lake Promenade are being considered by the city for a name change to “Thomas Wilkie Park“. They are taking a public survey and need your vote!
Here is a bit about Thomas Wilkie from the City of Toronto Member Motion that gives a great picture of the history of Long Branch:
History of Long Branch South Etobicoke, Thomas Wilkie
“In the late 1800’s the Long Branch neighbourhood in Etobicoke was a cottage resort community for affluent Toronto residents to vacation in the summer. In 1886, Thomas J. Wilkie developed 64 acres of prime waterfront land into the resort called “Long Branch Park”, in the area approximately between 33rd Street and 35th Street. The resort was gated and elegantly designed with fountains, tennis and croquet lawns, boat houses, a grand pavilion, and a Coney Island carousel. Thomas J. Wilkie also sold 250 choice wooded villa lots, most of them 50 feet wide and 150 feet deep, which were soon populated with Queen Anne-style cottages with turrets, peaked roofs and shady, wrap-around verandas, designed by some of Toronto’s most prominent architects. Visitors could also stay at the Hotel Long Branch, an elegant building with Japanese balconies and pagoda towers. Thomas J. Wilkie held leadership positions with the YMCA in Toronto and in Brooklyn, New York, and helped build the organization up in both cities. Mr. Wilkie helped put Long Branch on the map for Toronto, including inspiring the name of the neighbourhood.”
This survey will be open for responses until February 17, 2020
Click HERE to vote and have your say!
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