As I passed by the Barbara Hitzelberger park this morning I couldn’t help but notice 4 or 5 people surrounding the lettering on the fountain. It was hard to tell what they were doing so I checked in with Steve Mace, the communications guru for the city of University Park.
Thursday at 4:30 the City will hold a formal dedication ceremony for the park. Of course, Barbara Hitzelberger-Wooten will be on hand and will receive a proclamation from Mayor Holmes highlighting her community involvement. In conjunction with that brief ceremony, the workers are changing the name of the park to Hitzelberger Park. Barbara is in support of the change. Most City parks carry last name only.
Hmmm. How much is that gonna cost? What’s up with the changing the name thing? And why are we just now having a ceremony since the fountain has been there for something like 2+ years?
Council brought up the topic of “last name only” some weeks ago. As I mentioned, Barbara was supportive. No new letters were purchased. The existing ones will be re-spaced on the wall. Moving the lettering will cost $1,600.
The cost for the ceremony is $25 for cookies and drinks, plus a few more dollars for the framed proclamation. We try to hold such ceremonies in good weather and with good floral color.
But honestly, what’s another $1600 when we’ve already blown more than $90,000 with the re-do?