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Monday, September 15, 2003

Westport First Selectwoman Proposes Veterans Park Across From Town Hall

Westport First Selectwoman Proposes Veterans Park Across From Town Hall
Just in time for VeteransҒ Day in November, First Selectman Diane Goss Farrell is proposing changing the name of the town-owned park across the street from Town Hall to Veterans Park.

Currently known as Town Common, the area on Myrtle Avenue is home to memorials for fallen World War I and World War II veterans and is the site of annual Memorial Day and VeteransҒ Day observances.

Farrell proposed the name change in a letter to fellow Board of Selectmen members Carl Leaman and John Izzo.

Under the towns policy for naming public facilities, the name change would have to be approved first by the Board of Selectmen and then the Representative Town Meeting.

ғI just thought it would be an appropriate time to do it, Farrell told WestportNow.

The park sits adjacent to the new addition to the Westport Historical Society building.

Farrell said she has ordered underbrush cleared between the two properties so visitors to the societyԒs new Westport History Center will have a clear view between the trees of the town-owned park.

During the controversy last spring over naming the bridge over the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport for the late Ruth Steinkraus Cohen, a number of Westporters opposed to the name suggested instead it be called Veterans Bridge.

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