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Rush members set to be honoured with a Toronto park

Posted by Chris Bateman / July 5, 2014

toronto rush leeTwo of the founding members of Rush could be honoured in the name of a new Toronto park. Cllr. John Filion, who represents the Willowdale neighbourhood where the band started in the 1960s, thinks a new park to be opened in 2015 near North York Centre subway station should be called "Lee Lifeson Art Park," after Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

The miniature Xanadu, which is due to open in 2015, will have an arts theme, specifically related to music and sound, Filion wrote in a letter to North York Community Council. He said the idea has the support of the North York Arts and Willowdale Central Ratepayers' Association and was favourably received at two meetings with local residents earlier this year.

Lee and Lifeson grew up in Willowdale and founded Rush with original drummer John Rutsey. The pair attended Fisherville Junior High School, wrote songs, and played shows in the neighbourhood. After decades in the limelight, the band was given a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999.

The community council adopted the recommendation at its June meeting. Parks, Forestry and Recreation will produce a report on the by August 12.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Doctor Noe/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

9 Comments

Sub Division / July 5, 2014 at 02:54 pm
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Will be a great place for prog-music nerds to go on dates with their imaginary girlfriends :)
Simon / July 5, 2014 at 02:56 pm
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Lakeside Park in St. Catharines will always be the one and only Rush Park.
foo replying to a comment from Arch Stanton / July 5, 2014 at 06:00 pm
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LOL! Best comment I've read here in a while.
the lemur / July 5, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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Lee Lifeson Peart Park, maybe?
Rockon Dood / July 5, 2014 at 09:26 pm
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Cool!
W. K. Lis replying to a comment from Arch Stanton / July 5, 2014 at 10:15 pm
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Try Douglas B. Ford Park in Etobicoke instead, please.
betty replying to a comment from Arch Stanton / July 6, 2014 at 06:46 am
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standing ovation!
dan Taco replying to a comment from W. K. Lis / July 6, 2014 at 08:38 am
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They should rename it Douglas B. Ford has 2 idiot sons Park or Answer the Question Park or No Pinkos Here Park.......
Kay / July 7, 2014 at 08:32 am
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Future generations will say who was Lee Lifeson? it's ridiculous to intentionally exclude Peart. Geddy and Alex are not solo acts. I think it's a great idea, but it should be called RUSH Park.

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