Public invited to help rename Southwest Portland park and pool
Nearly two years after getting a temporary name, A Park in Southwest Portland is slated to be renamed by the city.
Portland Parks & Recreation says community input will help determine the new name for the west side park, which was previously called Custer Park until former City Commissioner Amanda Fritz gave it a placeholder name before she left office, with hopes of finding a more suitable name for the city park.
"We have put out a call for community submissions, with a deadline of Monday, August 22, 2022 at 5 p.m.," a notice from PP&R states.
Along with renaming A Park, the city's parks bureau is also soliciting community suggestions for what to call the Wilson Outdoor Pool, located at the Ida B. Wells High School campus in Southwest Portland. The former Woodrow Wilson High School was renamed in January 2021 after the prominent African American journalist and activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett, whose work in the 19th and early 20th centuries earned her a posthumous Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in 2020.
The Portland Public Schools board approved a new name for the high school, but the swimming pool on the site, which is owned and managed by the city, was never renamed.
A private, community-led effort to rename the pool got underway last year, but the parks bureau said renaming city property must follow a city policy. Still, parks officials say they've been in talks with the independent committee to help inform the renaming process for the high school pool.
"An ad hoc committee has been appointed by Director (Adena) Long to review naming suggestions from the community following the process outlined in the Naming Policy," Mark Ross, a spokesperson for PP&R, stated. "The committee will make a recommendation this fall for new names for A Park and Wilson Outdoor Pool to Director Long and Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio for their approval."
The city says it's seeking names that:
• reflect and inspire the community
• honor Native and Indigenous communities
• are symbolic or significant
• create a sense of community and inclusion
• are future facing and imagine a Portland for all
To submit name suggestions, visit the parks bureau website and click the "online survey" button.
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