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June 27, 2008
Media Advisory - Davenport Square Park to be renamed The Tollkeeper’s Park
Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s) will join members of the Community History Project, a local history group, to re-name Davenport Square Park to The Tollkeeper’s Park. The ceremony marks the official opening of the Tollkeeper’s Cottage, one of the original tollgates in Toronto that dates back to the 19th century.

Date: Tuesday, July 1
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Davenport Square Park, northwest corner of Davenport Rd. and Bathurst St.

In the 1800s, private companies were contracted to build, improve and maintain roads; in return, they were permitted to build tollgates to collect tolls from road users. One of those tollgates, believed to be the oldest in Canada, was recently rediscovered after more than 150 years. St. The structure was recently re-located to its new site in Davenport Square Park, and re-named the Tollkeeper’s Cottage. It will serve as a museum highlighting the history of tolls, roads and 19th century life.

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Media contact: Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,



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