A new public park is planned as part of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s residential development that will soon rise on the land directly east of Fort York. Construction is slated to begin in June, 2009, and though the park component will not be completed until at least 2011, planners, developers and heritage groups have already started to discuss potential names for the park.
Most of the names being considered point to the historical significance of the site, as only in its most recent incarnation was this a fallow and undistinguished tract of land, (aside from its brief tenure as a nine-hole golf course). Originally, it was part of Toronto’s shoreline, and the very spot where Garrison Creek met Lake Ontario. It was the location of the original Fort York structures burned down by American forces in 1813 and later the site of the recently unearthed Queen’s Wharf as well as numerous early railway structures.
The working title is Mouth of the Creek Park, but candidates for a permanent name include Blockhouse Park, Queen’s Wharf Park, Lost Creek Park, and even Garrison Creek Park – which is odd since there is already a Garrison Creek Park at Ossington and Dupont.
Ultimately, the name will be adopted by city council on recommendation from the area’s councillor, which is currently Adam Vaughan. But here is your opportunity, dear readers, to weigh in on what you think the new park should be called. Should the city stick with the historical theme? And if so, should it emphasize the area’s natural, military or industrial heritage? Or might there be a prominent public figure that deserves better than to be immortalized in an obscure cul-de-sac? Perhaps it could even be someone whose name isn’t Baldwin, Massey or Strachan.