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New Panel to Oversee Public Space Dedications

Elizabeth Dobbins edobbins@lowellsun.comMay 23, 2019

LOWELL — A new committee will oversee the naming and dedication of public spaces in Lowell.

In a 8-0 vote, the City Council Tuesday approved an ordinance creating the Monument Committee, an up-to-11-person committee tasked with establishing a standard policy for the renaming and dedication process. The board will also make naming recommendations to the Board of Parks, according to the ordinance.

City Councilor Edward Kennedy was absent and did not vote.

“We’ll move forward with trying to put people on the committee and get started,” City Manager Eileen Donoghue said.

The decision comes after the proposal to change the name of Roberto Clemente Park to Pailin Park stirred controversy among city councilors and drove residents to a packed Board of Parks meeting in March. Currently this issue is before the Board of Parks, which tabled the question during the March meeting to allow the involved communities to further discuss the renaming.

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