Brampton considers new names for parks and streets across the city


Published April 19, 2022 at 1:59 pm

From professional hockey players to politicians and community activists, the City of Brampton is looking to rebrand local streets and parks with new names.

City Council will be presented with dozens of possible options for naming Brampton parks and roadways on Thursday.

The potential honourees include athletes like Brampton-born NHL star of the Calgary Flames Sean Monahan and Brampton-raised swimmer and paralympian Stéphanie Dixon, as well as former local politicians like Brampton MPP Raminder Gill and City Councillor Paul Palleschi.

All the namesakes were reviewed by either city staff or the Peel Street Names Committee. And while many of the proposed street and park names are for new projects yet to be built, some of the applications are for renamings.

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City staff have recommended renaming Glenforest Park North and Glenforest Park South in honour of Monahan, while the Region’s naming committee is considering whether Whitewash Way, Native Landing and Pilgrim Place should be changed to Dispatcher Drive, Radio Road and Transmission Trail respectively.

Not every submission was given the greenlight, even for the names of Bramptonians with star power.

Requests to name parks after notable Bramptonians-turned-Hollywood actors Michael Cera and Russell Peters were shot down in the report because both have been “already commemorated” by the city through Brampton’s Arts Walk of Fame.

Staff said there are “no direct financial implications from this report at this time,” but there could be “unbudgeted expenditure impacts” including naming ceremonies and events that may need to be addressed in future annual budgets.

“Implementation costs are not currently budgeted for any Council decisions on street renaming that will result in private property owner municipal re-addressing expenses,” the report reads.

The report will go to Brampton City Council on Wednesday.

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