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Park in Toronto Being Renamed After Lee and Lifeson

LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 14: (L-R) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer Neil Peart and singer/bassist Geddy Lee perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during a stop of the band's Time Machine Tour August 14, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
A bit of green space in Toronto is being renamed and redesigned in honor of Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

Willodale Park in the city's North York neighborhood, where Lee and Lifeson were raised, will become the Lee Lifeson Art Park and feature new sculptures, a performance space and a bandstand designed for acoustic concerts.

After the North York Community Council green-lighted the plans, Lee told the Toronto Star that he and Lifeson "were really impressed with the thought and the plans they have for it. It's where I met my best friend and bandmate. On tour and during our travels, we get to visit and enjoy so many parks around the world -- so we really appreciate having that communal green space that is so important to a vibrant city."

Work on the site will begin during early 2015 and be ready to open later that year or in early 2016.

Lee, Lifeson and drummer Neal Peart received honorary doctorate degrees in June from Nipssing University in Ontario, but Lifeson tells us Rush remains on an open-ended hiatus:


"It's so hard to speculate where we're gonna go. It's always difficult, but now it's particularly difficult. Having committed to taking this year off, it's gonna be interesting to see where we go next...I don't want to say too much. I don't want to create anything with our fans. Right now we're just relaxing. We're just taking it easy. We haven't stopped or quit. We're just enjoying our current unemployment."

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