City of Toronto honours Macklin Hancock in renaming of Don Mills Parkette|
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Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34, Don Valley East), representatives from
Toronto Parks and Recreation and the Don Mills Residents Incorporated
officially renamed the Don Mills Parkette to the Macklin Hancock Parkette today.
"Toronto Parks and Recreation is truly honoured to rename this community green
space in the heart of Don Mills after Mr. Hancock," said Claire Tucker-Reid,
General Manager of Toronto Parks and Recreation.
The renaming ceremony featured greetings, a new sign unveiling and a reception
at Taylor Place, 1 Overland Drive. The ceremony also recognized the Don Mills
community's 50th Anniversary in 2003.
Macklin Hancock is the former chief planner of the Don Mills Development
Corporation, and was a driving force in the planning of the extremely
successful Don Mills community. The community built between 1952 and 1965 on
835 hectares of land between the west and east Don River valleys was planned as
a model town that would humanize urban life in the growing age of industry and
Hancock made it his goal to show how important nature is and to have parks for
generations of children and parents to enjoy. Hancock's vision became the
blueprint for communities across Canada, planning and designing communities
that were financially accessible to all.
Don Mills Parkette is located at 990 Lawrence Avenue East (north-east corner of
Don Mills Rd. Lawrence Rd).
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