Petition to name downtown Edmonton park 'Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavillion' gains star support

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Yes, it is. And now Hollywood has cast its bright spotlight our way.

Radio show host Lauren Hunter of Sonic 102.9 created the petition two years ago after the city moved forward with plans to create a 1.25-hectare park out of parking lots north of Jasper Avenue between 106 and 108 Streets.

Now, more than 18,000 people have signed the online plea to name the park the Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavillion. It’s temporarily labelled the Warehouse Campus Neighborhood Central Park by the city.

  1. The lots of lands that will be expropriated to make way for a new major downtown park in the Warehouse Campus neighbourhood.

    Expropriation of downtown land begins for future Edmonton

  2. The proposed location of a new downtown Edmonton park at 107 Street, north of Jasper Avenue.

    Edmonton buying up land for second downtown park

Fillion, 50, is a native of Edmonton who has starred in U.S. television shows including The Rookie, Castle and Firefly (as well as the latter’s related Serenity movie). He is among the ensemble cast of the latest Suicide Squad film, which is slated to open in Canadian theatres Aug. 6.

A video featuring his Suicide Squad co-stars on support for the petition was posted to YouTube yesterday.

“I 100 per cent support this … completely,” Margot Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn in the DC Universe film, says in the video while chuckling. “I really, really hope you succeed in this mission, Edmonton.”

“There needs to be a Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavillion somewhere,” director James Gunn says, perhaps half-jokingly. “And if it exists in Edmonton, it’s far enough away that it doesn’t have to be too close to my house.”

“I’m so in support of this,” says actor David Dastmalchian, who plays Polka-Dot Man. “I want to go and have a picnic and a barbecue and celebrate at the Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavillion.”

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