I am pleased to invite everyone to the official grand opening of Syd Cole Park in Long Branch on June 2nd from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The park is named after Etobicoke's very own Sydney Reginald Cole in recognition of his heroic efforts during World War II.
Sydney Reginald Cole was born in 1923, lived on Lake Promenade in Long Branch, and sadly passed away in 1991. During his service in the Second World War, his plane was shot down and the survivors were stranded at sea for twenty-one hours. Due to his heroic actions he was able to save the flight navigators life, but unfortunately not the pilot, David Hornell. For these actions he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Medal for "great devotion to duty and exceptional courage".
The name for this park was chosen thanks to overwhelming support from the community and Sydney Cole's family.
On June 2nd at 1:00 pm you can come on out and meet Sydney Cole's family and speak with them about the great man that this park is named after. We will also have face painting for the kids, fresh popcorn, and the Toronto Raptors mascot will be with us to celebrate this event. Bring your cameras !
The park is located at 60 Eastwood Park Gardens, at the corner of Long Branch Avenue and Eastwood Park Gardens
You can read about the proposal for naming the park and the history surrounding the efforts of Sydney Cole here.