Park’s dedication back on
The dedication of Gold Camp Park, which had been put on hold in a naming snafu, is back on.
A city ceremony for the neighborhood facility off Lower Gold Camp Road is set for set for Thursday, May 24 at 10:30 a.m.
“I'm thrilled that the park is finally completed and that the dedication is going on,” said Kristin Downs, a Crown Hill Mesa resident who had led a successful neighborhood petition to have the city start developing the long-promised 5-acre site last year.
City Council member Jerry Heimlicher explained that city staff had evidently misconstrued a council vote April 24 that asked a city board to give three parks more significant names. A May 24 dedication had been scheduled for Gold Camp and those three parks and, in response to the council action, all were cancelled.
A Westside Pioneer story May 3 pointed out this situation, at which point Heimlicher contacted City Parks and resurrected the May 24 date for Gold Camp Park. He did say, however, that if the Pioneer had contacted him first - inasmuch as he had initiated the issue at council - he could have corrected matters with staff with no need for a story.
The other three parks are located in other parts of the city. Heimlicher said one of his hopes is to name parks after people who have made significant contributions to the city. For a future Westside park, he suggested the name of long-time civic and business leader Dave Hughes.
Westside Pioneer article