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Town of Niagara’s largest park gets ‘community’ added to name

TOWN OF NIAGARA – The largest park in town was finally given an official name Tuesday.

At its regular meeting, the Town Board voted unanimously to name the park Veterans Memorial Community Park.

Known for years as Veterans Memorial Park, it has been the topic of discussion for several months because it was discovered that there was never an officially designated name. Town officials have been unable to locate any documentation that it was formally named.

Also, Supervisor Lee S. Wallace had noted that a permanent lighted sign was ready to be installed at the entrance to the park, 7000 Lockport Road, and that a formal name would be needed.

Although the board members did not object to the unofficial title, some stated that residents should be allowed to select a name. Careful not to offend any veterans groups, the board proceeded cautiously on the issue.

Councilman Rob Clark said that no one was against the name but that some people felt that residents should decide. Still, when the resolution came up for a vote, he said that it was important for the board to “name it and move on” as there are other, more-pressing issues facing the town.

Deputy Supervisor Charles F. Teixeira, who came up with the selected title by including the word “community,” said that if it weren’t for veterans, there would be no town community or government.

“The name really states what the people planned all along for this park. It’s very fitting,” he said.

Wallace said after the meeting that the new name was appropriate and that he considered Teixeira’s idea to be a nice addition.

In other business, the board approved a shared-services agreement with Niagara Falls for the use of the city’s portable stage.

Under the agreement, the town is giving the city two electric cars that were donated a few years ago and were used for the parks. Wallace said the town has found the cars too expensive to maintain.

In return, the town won’t have to pay the city $4,000 for using the stage this summer for Monday night concerts. The town also gets to use the stage for its Christmas electric light parade in November, he said.

The board also agreed to install two streetlights on Fourth Avenue to provide lighting at night for public safety. The dark road is used by residents to walk from Royal Park Apartments to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority center on Military Road, Wallace said.