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Commission to consider renaming Sports Park for Ken Mercer

Original post made on Apr 7, 2014

The Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission will meet Thursday to consider a proposal to rename the city's Sports Park for the late Mayor Ken Mercer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:31 AM

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

The five year rule is a good one. Why not name the park after a military vet that sacrificed for our freedom!!?

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 7, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Naming the park after Ken Mercer is a fantastic idea and a very appropriate tribute!

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 8, 2014 at 7:22 am

I agree with "Jack" that naming the park after Ken Mercer is a fantastic idea! Ken contributed so much to Pleasanton.

Here are a few examples you might not know:
• Ken served as a city council member from 1976-92, including ten years as our mayor. Imagine the hours he volunteered!
• During Ken’s term in city government Pleasanton developed three of our largest assets: Stoneridge Shopping Center, Hacienda Business Park, and Pleasanton Sports Park. This improved forever our city’s revenue stream.
• Mature trees from the business park site were moved – at Ken’s suggestion – to THE SPORTS PARK, thereby transforming the donated land “instantly” into a place of beauty for athletes and other community members to enjoy.
• Ken’s civic service extended well beyond our city boundaries as other jurisdictions sought his advice. He has provided leadership on boards dealing with regional water quality, traffic congestion, solid waste management, adult education, and economic development.
• Beyond these many organizations, Ken had consistently been the kind of person who does the right thing, and inspired other to do so. He raised funds for many worthy causes.
• After retirement, Ken took on the role of president of the ValleyCare Hospital Foundation, the fund-raising arm of the local non-profit hospital. No patient is turned away, regardless of ability to pay.

I'm thankful for forward-thinking and dedicated civic leaders like Ken Mercer. To rename that park in particular is extremely fitting!

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 8, 2014 at 8:17 am

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

It's not a bad idea as long as all the funds used to alter all the existing signage, etc. is paid for by donations and worked on by volunteers.

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Posted by Diane L Scott
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 8, 2014 at 8:46 am

This is one of the best ideas Pleasanton has come up with in years. It is well deserved, Ken did so many great things for Pleasanton and the people should be greatful and this would be a great way to show their graditude.

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Posted by Ken Fan
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:10 am

Ken was amazing and a great example to all of us in Pleasanton. My suggestion would be to place a memorial plaque at the park - shown in the story as the 2nd option.

A memorial like that is fitting and proper. Don't think Ken would want to have the city pay for all the changes required to re name a park after him. He enjoyed our Pleasanton Sports Park.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 8, 2014 at 9:23 am

That's an excellent idea. However perhaps Ken's family/friends would most likely appreciate knowing that the ball park is named in his honor...perhaps?

A good deed is always appreciated!

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Posted by Volunteerism
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

I, my brother, my neighbors and more work to make the park great. If he donated the land, then I would feel differently, but no please don't name the park after Mr. Mercer.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Volunteer Park? Not bad.

Has anybody considered naming the park in honor of military veterans? They put their lives in harms way for our country...Veterans Park? Veterans have give their lives to maintain our country's values. VETERANS PARK has a nice ring!



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Posted by Cate
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 9, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Cate is a registered user.

I like the suggestion by Ken Fan. I agree that a memorial park sign would be more fitting and cost the city a lot less money. I like to acknowledge people's effort but I dislike naming things, events, etc., after people because it is ostentatious. I like Cholo's idea, but we already have a Veteran's Park downtown...tiny as it is. If there is a move to change the name, I think it should be after someone who died for this area in any of our wars, otherwise, leave it to save the money for more necessary items. There are still too many people out of work in this area and it seems disingenuous to throw money at all the name, map, etc., changes required for a name change when there are people struggling.

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