New name considered for Lookout Park

Gold Star Park name would recognize Marine Corps League’s efforts

Marietta City Council will introduce a proposed name change for Lookout Park next week following a meeting of council’s Lands, Buildings and Parks Committee Wednesday.

“I think that would have a positive effect,” said Councilman Tom Vukovic, D-4th ward. “For years I have looked to find a party to support the park and based on what I saw last night at the (groundbreaking of the Gold Star Memorial Monument) and the feeling of the people there I think this is perfect.”

The proposed new name for the park is Gold Star Park. Safety-Service Director Jonathan Hupp noted the name was also suggested by Marine Corps League Sgt. Bob O’Malley Detachment #1436, which is leading the charge in fundraising for the memorial’s placement near the parking lot at the park.

“(Vukovic’s) wonderful idea is substantiated by the administration and mayor and the other members of the Marine Corps League,” said Hupp.

The pair said a name change would show that the city is behind the detachment’s efforts to raise funds for the memorial and honor the families who have lost a loved one due to military service.

Hupp said not only will the memorial and proposed name change draw people to the park for reflection but it could also possibly lead to donated funds for maintenance of park facilities and the memorial in the future.

The proposal will be introduced for legislation Oct. 19 and both council members and city administration welcome input from the public on the idea.

Council’s Streets Committee also met Wednesday and plans to approve the upgrade of signs for the Marietta Domino’s.

But a request for adding additional parking on the Fourth Street side of the old Red Cross building at Scammel Street was denied by the committee upon recommendation from the city’s traffic commission.

“They parked a truck there in the yellow curb and realized it impairs visibility so we denied it,” said Councilwoman Kathy Downer, D-at large, chairwoman of the committee.

What’s next

≤ Council’s Planning, Zoning and Annexation Committee will meet tonight to discuss medical marijuana law and restrictions possible within the city beginning at 5:30 p.m. in room 10 of the Armory, 241 Front St.

≤ Monday: Municipal Court Judge Debate, Marietta College McDonough Auditorium, 5-7 p.m.

Source: Times research.