Commission considers new name for 100-year-old park
Superior's Parks and Recreation Commission has launched the process to change the name of Webster Park in South Superior.
The new name comes as the city prepares to rehabilitate the park with an all-abilities, all-inclusive playground next summer.
The idea for the playground was launched by a young Kenna Hermanson, who thought it was unfair that there was only one swing for children with disabilities at her school. She shared the idea for an all-inclusive park with her mother, Kalee Hermanson, who carried her daughter's message to city officials.
Webster Park will feature a zipline with adaptive equipment, different sensory play options, swings on a new style frame and a merry-go-all, log balance beams, talking tree stumps, bongos, little forts and a playhouse, and specialized rubber surfacing to accommodate wheelchairs around the equipment. A sensory garden is also planned.
Installation of the new equipment is expected later this summer or in early fall.
"We are at the ending stage where we are looking at Webster Park and taking one simple word, and that is the word 'dream,'" Olson said.
Webster Dream Park would be the new name for the park originally named and dedicated May 29, 1919.
Olson said through research he learned the park was originally named for the Webster family that owned a chair factory on North 57th Street that employed up to 5oo people. People who worked at the factory would maintain vacant lots in the vicinity to keep them free of brush and debris to prevent a fire at the factory from spreading to the entire neighborhood, he said.
During the 60-day public comment period, Olson said he plans to circulate petitions that support the name change.
People will also be able to share their thoughts on the new name online, according to Linda Cadotte, the city's parks, recreation and forestry director.
At the end of the public comment period, the city's Parks and Recreation Commission will consider renaming the park, which would have to be approved City Council before the name is actually changed.
Webster Park will be the first all-abilities, all-inclusive park in Superior.