City of Toronto misspells name of community figure on signs for new park in her honour
In an embarrassing snafu, the City of Toronto has unveiled signage at a brand new park which incorrectly spells the name of the person it's named after.
Dr. Lillian McGregor Park, which runs between Yonge and Bay on Wellesley Street, made a long-awaited debut on Tuesday afternoon following years of planning, construction and a land dispute with nearby condo complexes.
New Toronto park that's been in the works for years is finally opening this week https://t.co/vmztr4WAr4 #Toronto— blogTO (@blogTO) May 9, 2023
But, photos of the modern green space — which is stunning, complete with gathering spaces, a playground, crane-inspired art pieces, and plenty of trees and shrubs — show that its official signs misspell McGregor's first name, using only two "L"s total when there are three.
"We are aware of the unfortunate spelling mistake on the park signs and are working towards having the signs replaced," City Landscape Architect Marc Kramer told blogTO on Thursday.
The Toronto media department is also assuring residents that the new signs have already been ordered, and will be installed as soon as possible.
I was thrilled to join Councillor @ChrisMoiseTO, Toronto Park & Planning staff, local residents, community and family members from Whitefish River First Nations to unveil the new Dr. Lillian McGregor Park at 25 Wellesley St West. 1/ pic.twitter.com/7HfQ6Bn39c— Kristyn Wong-Tam 🇨🇦 (@kristynwongtam) May 11, 2023
The 6,400-square-metre park was built to recognize McGregor's contributions to the city as an Indigenous community leader and member of multiple boards and committees.
McGregor, who hailed from White Fish River First Nation and passed away in 2012, was the inaugural Elder-in-Residence at the University of Toronto First Nation House and Elder Council at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, which she was key in forming.
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