Confederate Park in Belton Will be Renamed
The Belton City Council has unanimously voted to re-name Confederate Park.
According to the agenda from the Belton City Council, on July 28, the council met and voted 6-0 to change the name of Confederate Park and Confederate Park Drive. The council has asked the Parks Board to "develop recommendations for Council consideration, with broad-based and diverse participation from Belton citizens."
The request to change the name of Confederate Park and Confederate Park Dr. comes from Belton residents Luke and Kayla Potts. The Potts implored the council to find a name that accurately "reflects the unity in Belton."
The approximately 16 acre park was originally only 2.5 acres that were gifted to "the Ex Confederate Association of Bell County and the City of Belton, for the Association’s Reunions and for use as a City park" from J.D. and Allie Crawford in 1892. Over the years the park has grown by 13.5 acres and is now a place of inclusion.
The City Council will meet again on August 5, and hopefully we'll see the new possible names for the park.
While some may feel that a part of history is being erased, I believe that a better piece of history is being written. This simple act shows growth and compassion and gives hope for positive change in our community.