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June 2, 1998
Toronto Honours Visit of Patriarch Bartholomew by Renaming Street, Dedicating Reserve
Mayor Mel Lastman announced to the thousands of members of the Orthodox
Christian Church who filled Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, that the City
of Toronto will honour the historic visit of Patriarch Bartholomew to Toronto
in two ways. The City will dedicate a reserve in a city park to His All
Holiness and rename a portion of a city street to Patriarch Bartholomew Way.
Patriarch Bartholomew is the spiritual leader of the world's 300 million
Orthodox Christians.

The dedication of a natural garden and a decorative stone with an anchored
plaque will be in an area of E.T. Seton Park. The proposed dedication area is
north of the Overlea Bridge, extending from the east end of William Morgan
Drive around the back of Central Park Lodge. The stone and plaque will be
positioned between two existing trees and the pathway, within easy view of path
users. The nearest access route to the site is off Thorncliffe Park Drive,
south of Overlea Boulevard.

Patriarch Bartholomew has been dubbed "The Green Pope" because of his interest
in the environment.

The City of Toronto will also consider plans to rename the eastern most portion
of William Morgan Drive, which provides vehicular access to 86 Overlea
Boulevard, to Patriarch Bartholomew Way.

Patriarch Bartholomew visited Toronto May 30-31 as part of his first-ever visit
to Canada.

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Media Relations
City of Toronto
(416) 392-8937



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