Two roads in Riverdale will honour longtime east-enders, Toronto and East York Community Council has decided.
The old Don Jail Roadway has been renamed in honour of the late New Democratic Party leader and MP Jack Layton, who died of cancer in August 2011.
And a new road in the Bridgepoint Health subdivision will be named in honour of Riverdale band Blue Rodeo.
On Tuesday, Toronto and East York Community Council unanimously approved reports recommending names for the new subdivision resulting from the redevelopment of Bridgepoint Health at Gerrard Street East and Broadview Avenue.
The plan would see the existing Don Roadway, which connects Broadview Avenue with Gerrard Street East, renamed Jack Layton Way.
Councillor Paula Fletcher called the roadway a suburban-style street in an urban environment.
“This is really significant in our community, to be able to honour the late Jack Layton with a road north of the new park,” said Fletcher, referring to parkland being created just north of Gerrard Street.
“This is a currently existing road. It’s a short cut, it’s a very suburban road that shortcuts from Broadview Avenue down to Gerrard and it really is a suburban road in the middle of an urban area. It will be closed and the little portion ... will be a lovely urban road named after one of the most urban visionaries the city has ever known.”
The new Blue Rodeo Drive will run through the current site of the Don Jail.
“We’ll be replacing the prison yard with new drives,” she said.