Today, Mayor John Tory and Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday (Etobicoke Centre) were joined by representatives from the Mississaugas of the Credit, and long-time Etobicoke resident and broadcaster Jerry Howarth to celebrate the completion of the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration. This marks a significant milestone in the continuing evolution of Etobicoke Centre as a vital mixed-use, transit-oriented community.
Three new street names that represent local community landmarks, Indigenous language and a notable local individual were officially unveiled:
- Adobigok Pathway: Adobigok means “where the alders grow” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). The Mississauga First Nation called Etobicoke Creek and the area around it “Adobigok”.
- Biindagen Trail: Biindagen means “enter”, “come in” or “welcome” in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). This name was proposed as an encouraging phrase that welcomes residents to the new Etobicoke Centre.
- Jerry Howarth Drive: Jerry Howarth – voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for 36 years – was one of the first sports broadcasters to refuse to use team names that were offensive to Indigenous peoples, bringing the issue to the forefront in traditional media.
In 2018, the design of the new roadway configuration received a Certificate of Merit from the National Urban Design Awards in the Urban Design Plans category, as it provides excellent transit accessibility where jobs, housing and services are concentrated and implements the City’s Complete Streets and Green Streets initiatives. The new roadway provides safe and easier options for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
With roadway construction complete, space has been made available to provide new parks and generous boulevards, as well as housing, services for existing and new residents, and employment within the area.
The construction of a new Etobicoke Civic Centre, at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Kipling Avenue, is expected to begin in February 2023. It will include municipal offices, a City-operated community recreation centre, a public library, a child care centre, a civic square, a multipurpose Council Chamber and underground parking. Learn more here
As part of the first phase of the Housing Now Initiative, two sites have been identified in Etobicoke Centre for new mixed-income housing, including new affordable rental units. More information is available here
More information about the Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration is available here
SOURCE City of Toronto