TORONTO, ON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) – Late Canadian musician Jeff Healey will be remembered in his home town of Etobicoke, Ontario with a park named in his honor.
Woodford Park, located in the Park Lawn and Queensway area of Etobicoke, will be officially renamed Jeff Healey Park in June 2011.
Ward 5 Councillor Peter Milczyn championed the park renaming, along with the Friends of Woodford Park and the Queensway Residents Association. More than 500 friends, fans and organizations including the Hospital for Sick Children and the CNIB wrote in to Council to show support.
Healey, who passed away from cancer in 2008, played in Woodford Park as a child and later brought his own children there to play.
"Jeff Healey Park will be a powerful reminder for parents of children with disabilities that their kids can grow up to accomplish great things," said Rob Quail, a longtime friend who initiated the campaign. "This park will help people remember the inspiring story of Jeff's life and his achievements," continued Quail in a statement.
A fundraising concert will be held in the near future to raise money to make the park accessible for children with disabilities.
— Crystal Lynn Huntoon