The Park Rapids Parks Board discussed the procedures for naming and renaming parks on Monday.
Chris Fieldsend, the city’s public facilities superintendent, said the question arose regarding the new park recently dedicated to the city on Charles Street, east of Walmart.
He noted there are other unnamed parks in the city, and that there is little or no precedent for a procedure to follow in naming parks.
Board chair Sue Cutler suggested also exploring how to rename parks, since she feels the name Pioneer Park is not inclusive toward the local Native American community.
Liz Stone, the city council’s representative on the board, advised studying how other cities name and rename parks. Board member Kim Donahue volunteered to do this research.
Also discussed were the progress of a loan application to improve city-owned tennis courts, designing a card to leave at local funeral homes suggesting a memorial donation to city parks, recruiting a new board member to fill a current vacancy, and election of officers for 2020.
Board member Larry Novak moved to re-elect Cutler along with vice-chair Ruth Ann Campton and secretary Barb Thomason. All three said they were willing to serve, and the motion passed without dissent.
The next Parks Board meeting is scheduled for noon Monday, Feb. 10 at city hall.