Rush Park Plans Gets Green Light

Lifeson and Lee to be honoured in suburb where they grew up.

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Rush frontman Geddy Lee says he and Alex Lifeson are "humbly honoured" after plans were approved to name a neighbourhood park after them, Classic Rock reports.

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 last year.

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    What decent, good guys. I'd love to just sit down and have a meal with them.
    Lee tells the Toronto Star: "We met with the architects and were really impressed with the thought and plans they have for it." Lifeson tells the Toronto Star: "Blah blah blah, blah. Blah blah? Blah blah blah!"
    Yay that's my park. The area is completely different from when they grew up though. All the little houses have been mowed over and giant houses that take up the entire lot have taken their place. It used to be a cool neighborhood to grow up in.
    Nipissing University is in North Bay, Ontario... where I grew up. Odd that they would give them honorary degrees there when Lee and Lifeson grew up about 300 miles south of there. North Bay is on Lake Nipissing (it means 'big water'), a very large lake... large enough that when Champlain explored there years back, and could not see the other side, he thought he reached the ocean.
    Rex Inclitus
    I remember these guys playing our school ( Triumph did too ) , they were doing gigs at the Piccadilly Tube on Yonge St. and Larry's Hideaway back when Toronto had one of the best club scenes.