July 18, 2014 1:32 pm

Samuel Edwards Park? Help name the green space at the Don Jail

After 156 years of incarcerating Toronto's prisoners, the Don Jail closed without fanfare at the end of December.


TORONTO – Toronto’s newest park, on the site of the old Don Jail, needs a name – and the city is trying to figure out the proper moniker.

City Councillor Paula Fletcher is reportedly leading a panel to determine the park’s name and has received names that play to the site’s penal history including “Gallows Park,” “Hangman’s Haunt,” “Retribution Park” and “Sinister Park,” according to the Toronto Star.

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But we want you to add your suggestions:

Turpin-Lucas Park: Why not name the park after the last two people to be hanged at the jail gallows as was suggested by a resident according to The Star.

Samuel Edwards Park: The name sounds prestigious enough but how would Torontonians react to naming a park after the hangman who presided over the gallows during the Great Depression?

Edwin Alonzo Park: Alonzo was a notorious bank robber who was able to escape the jail – so why not permanently tie his name to the jail grounds?

Jack Layton: Jack Layton’s Toronto-Danforth riding included the site of the old Don Jail.

Vote on your favourite, or add your own, in the poll below:

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