Toronto and East York Community Council has approved Sherbourne Common as the new name for East Bayfront’s signature waterfront park. The new name, submitted by Doug Dent, was the winner of a month-and-a-half long naming contest which invited members of the public to submit their ideas for a new park name and to vote for their favourites online.
During the contest, more than 500 names were submitted and thousands of people voted online. The new name incorporates the park’s location at the foot of Lower Sherbourne, with the idea of ‘the commons’ where park spaces belong to the people. “It’s very fitting that the winning name, which reflects the idea that public spaces belong to the people, would come out of a public naming contest,” said John Campbell, President and CEO of Waterfront Toronto.
Located in the heart of East Bayfront, a new waterfront community currently under construction between Jarvis St. and Parliament St, Sherbourne Common is transforming a once grim, industrial area into much needed public greenspace on the lake. When it opens this summer, it will give Torontonians access to a part of the lakefront they have never been able to enjoy.