MARCO ISLAND — Making your way to Marco Island's Veterans' Park can be tricky because there are two of them. Veterans' Memorial Park is the smaller park located at North Collier Boulevard and North Barfield Drive. It's to get a new name, Founders Park, to stop the confusion.
Veterans' Community Park, which opened in December 2008 on Elkcam Circle, is to keep its name.
Council decided on Monday to take the recommendation from the city's parks and recreation advisory committee to change the name of Veterans' Memorial Park to Founders Park in a unanimous decision.
"The city has encountered some confusion in dispatching emergency calls to two parks bearing similar names," reported Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Milk.
The decision mirrors the public's vote in city polls on the renaming of the park. Founders Park, by a narrow margin, edged out Paradise Park and Celebration Park as options for the new name.
It will cost $2,000 to change the sign at the park.
Founders Park will memorialize public leaders, past and present, with monuments or plaques placed throughout the site, Milk said.
Widow Barbara Day said she wasn't pleased with the idea. Her husband, former City Councilman Ed Day, had worked to secure Veterans' Memorial Park before his death about seven years ago, she said.
"The name (Veterans' Park) is fine... I think Day Park would be better," she said.
Council decided to approve the recommendation of the advisory committee, instead. Milk said that Day may be among the founders to be recognized in the park.