So what’s in the name of a park? Quite a bit, apparently.
Rincon City Council members agreed to name their new park, the 20 acres the city bought next to Lowe’s, Freedom Park. It took a little bit of some back-and-forth among council members to settle on a name.
“We’ve approved multi-million dollar budgets faster than we’ve named this park,” joked council member Paul Wendelken.
An original idea was to call it the City of Rincon Prosperity Park. It’s on Prosperity Drive. That’s the name of the road that cuts between Fuller Chevrolet on one side and Walgreen’s and Lowe’s on the other side. It was called simply the Northridge property until the council could give it a name.
“Nobody knows where Northridge is in the city,” City Manager Wesley Corbitt said.
Council members mulled over Freedom Park at Prosperity Drive, allowing folks to know where it is, and also threw out Independence Park as options before settling on a name. It’s where the city will hold its upcoming Independence Day celebration.
Council members also wanted to find a way to honor a former city manager.
“One reason the city is in the shape it’s in is because of Bob Brady,” said Reese Browher. “We were borrowing $200,000 a year just to operate. He made some tough calls and got it turned around. He’s probably done more single-handedly for the city than anybody I know of. I would like to see him somehow recognized.”
Wendelken concurred. “The things we’ve been able to do is partly because of the impact Bob Brady had on the city. A lot gets said about how many city managers we’ve had. He did a tremendous amount for the city.”