The Juneau Assembly approved names for two new parks and an ice rink Monday. But the panel referred the name "Lynn Cox Auke View Park" to the Human Resources Committee for more discussion. It would apply to a new park on the bypass road near Lena Point.
The Assembly approved naming the new Outer Point trail the Rainforest Trail. A new ice rink planned for Savikko Park in Douglas will be the Treadwell Arena. And park property at Amalga will be the Amalga Meadows Park.
Lynn Cox was active in softball, football and other sports programs in Juneau, said Parks and Recreation Director Kim Kiefer.
But Assembly member Dale Anderson said he had difficulty naming places after people. "Sooner or later you're going to offend somebody," he said.
Deputy Mayor Ken Koelsch said the issue was worth a policy discussion.
"We run the risk of leaving too many people out rather than honoring a few," he said.
Assembly member Marc Wheeler said the city could ask the Historical Resources Advisory Committee for a list of people in Juneau that parks and facilities could be named after. Naming places after people gives future generations an idea of Juneau's history, he said.
"I don't have a problem in naming things after people," he said.
Kiefer said her department and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee have a policy for naming new parks and facilities, but added that it could be fine-tuned.
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