Name Our Park – Final Round
Deadline – Tuesday July 29
Thank you for voting in the first round to Name Our Park. Of the seven finalists the two names with the most votes now move to a final round of voting.
The top two finalists are Hubbard Park and Jack Layton Park. Both William Peyton Hubbard and Jack Layton were visionaries in their own times who advocated for social justice and inclusivity. Their selection is a tribute to our community.
Over 1,000 people voted for their top three choices. Here are the results:
William Peyton Hubbard was born in Toronto to parents who escaped slavery in America on the Underground Railroad. He lived on Broadview and was elected as a City Alderman in 1894 and was Toronto’s first Black elected politician, at a time when Black Torontonians were barred from some hotels and restaurants. William Peyton Hubbard went on to serve as acting Mayor and was an advocate for fairness and an inclusive city, a heritage we continue to value today in Riverdale and across Toronto.
Jack Layton was a Metro Councillor, City Councillor and Member of Parliament representing Toronto-Danforth, and served as Leader of the Official Opposition. Jack was an early environmental crusader who introduced Toronto’s water and energy conservation and recycling programs that still exist today. His leadership on HIV/AIDS while on the Board of Health and promotion of harm reduction resulted in Toronto having one of the lowest HIV/AIDS rates worldwide. Jack was known over his career as a champion for communities and a strong voice for all Canadians.
The winning name will go before Council in August.
This new park will be a wonderful green space that will beautify Broadview & Gerrard, an important gateway into Ward 30 and I am looking forward to finding out which name you’ll choose!
Councillor Paula Fletcher
Ward 30 – Toronto Danforth