frontman Geddy Lee
says he and Alex Lifeson
are "humbly honoured"
after plans were approved to name a neighbourhood park after them, Classic Rock
North York Community Council in Toronto yesterday rubber-stamped the change of title from Willowdale Park to the Lee Lifeson Art Park
, with the intention of acknowledging the musicians' contributions to culture and the community where they grew up.
Early designs for the development include sculptural installations, a performance space and a small bandstand for acoustic concerts.
Lee tells the Toronto Star
: "We met with the architects and were really impressed with the thought and plans they have for it. "It's where I met my best friend and bandmate. On tour and during our travels, we get to visit and enjoy so many parks around the world - so we really appreciate having that communal green space that is so important to a vibrant city."
Work will begin early next year with the official opening planned for late 2015 or early 2016.
Rush, along with drummer Neil Peart
, were honoured earlier this year with honorary degrees from Ontario's Nipissing University
, after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame