City to consult with public for name of new North York parkette


Toronto parks and recreation staff will work with the community to come up with names for a new parkette on a “landmark” location in North York.

Councillors made the request during the Oct. 30 meeting of city council for the collaboration of naming the parkette at 167 Armour Blvd., near Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue.

The location is a “landmark” in the community because of family who lived there, Coun. James Pasternak (Ward 6, York Centre) wrote in his motion to council.

“Commonly referred as the ‘white picket fenced house’, the aforementioned property was home to the Appleby family since 1972,” he said. “A welcoming, friendly and community-oriented family, the Applebys were widely known across the Armour Heights neighbourhood.”

After the death of Jerry Sheldon Appleby in 2016, his wife Gwen Appleby sold the property. It was proposed for severance, where the land would be separated into smaller lots, but the community came together to propose a better use, the motion reads.

In 2018, a deal was closed where the city would build a new parkette on the site.

“Demolition of the previously existing house has recently been completed and park design focus discussions, between the councillor's office, parks staff and residents, will begin shortly,” the motion added.

Staff will work on a report to be presented to North York community council with the name options.