by Al Radick

An interesting question, but perhaps a better question is; What Is The Significance Of A Name?

In the case of a public facility owned and operated by the City of San Diego to have ones name placed on a facility is an honor bestowed on an individual as an expression of gratitude for volunteer service rendered over a long period of time. It’s akin to a well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.

With that in mind, on March 9th and April 12, 2016, the Mira Mesa Recreation Council approved the renaming of three of Mira Mesa’s parks to honor three of the finest individuals the community has ever known.

Walker Park will be renamed JULIUS HITCHENS PARK after it is merged with the expanded & renovated Wagenheim playing fields.

Maddox Park will be renamed STEVENS NEIGHBORHOOD PARK after it is merged with the new Salk School park site.

The new Canyon Hills Resource Park site will be renamed BRUCE G. BROWN RESOURCE PARK.

The three approved name changes will now be sent on to the San Diego Park & Recreation Dept. for their approval. The Hitchens and Stevens Park name changes will also require approval of the San Diego Unified School District. The new names will become a reality when the appropriate approvals are granted.