And the longstanding request to rename 31st
In addition to founding the
"To have the public, the constituents, the community that drives past it every day to see Dr.
She said the congressman's office has collected more than 500 signatures supporting the naming request.
Park district staff recently provided to the board a list of possible locations to honor Burroughs.
Among them was the
Another spot on the list was the unnamed five-acre park at
The short list also included three beaches named after streets: Oakwood,
"It'd be really nice to name some significant feature like that close to her greatest period of influence in her home on the lakefront," said
The suggestion of 31st beach or harbor was not off the table, he said.
"It's one of many potential locations. It's just sort of right now seemingly the farthest removed from events in
She was an amazing park advocate deserving of being honored, said
"We're just thrilled at the concept. Certainly it's the type of thing we'd like to be driven by the community and those who truly appreciate her contributions," she said.
Naming a public venue in Burroughs' honor was overdue, said Rush in a Sun-Times op-ed in June, who pushed for the harbor renaming with Davis two years ago. However, it did not move forward at that time.
"There is no better time than today to honor a woman pioneer whose contributions promoted cultural harmony and artistic opportunity for all," Rush wrote.
The next step in the naming process is getting a consensus in the community on which venue is best to honor Burroughs including having the aldermen and local park advisory council weigh in on the sites before taking a recommendation to the board for approval.
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