While a rose by any other name might smell as sweet, two Papillion city councilmen think a new name might better honor the community’s military roots and those who step up to serve their country.
Councilman Steve Engberg said during a meeting Aug. 12 that he and Councilman Jason Gaines, who both represent Ward II, are interested in renaming Triangle Park to Veteran’s Park.
“We really don’t have any place set aside in the city,” Engberg said. “It’s been Triangle Park for as long as I remember, but I don’t know that it’s a sacred name.”
Engberg referenced a new flagpole that has recently been installed in Triangle Park as part of the city’s neighborhood grant program. The park is also home to a Blue Star Memorial Marker, a black metal sign emblazoned with a blue star and gold letters as a tribute to “the Armed Forces that have defended the United States of America.”
Darren Carlson, a spokesman for the city, said city staff are working on options for how to rename a park, which will be brought to the City Council for its consideration.
“The city does not have a specific policy for renaming parks at this time,” he said.
Carlson said no timeline has been set, but the city’s goal is to have staff work on the plans “in the very near future.”
Triangle Park is far from the only local acknowledgment to the service of America’s armed forces, but Papillion lacks a park honoring fallen heroes.
Papillion does have commemorative street signs, as do other Sarpy County cities. American Legion Post 32 and others in the community make a point to regularly honor veterans, too.
Other communities in the metropolitan area do have parks named after veterans and others who have served the country.
Bellevue established American Heroes Park on Sept. 11, 2012, at a park that had lacked an official name. Many residents called the site Kramer Park after the former Kramer Power Plant or sometimes referred to it as part of the larger Haworth Park located just to the south.
Omaha has its Memorial Park, home to monuments recognizing veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Offutt Air Force Base has a memorial to fallen warriors on its parade grounds.
The Sarpy County Courthouse also has a veterans marker. In addition, the county will soon be home to the Omaha National Veterans Cemetery near the Westmont subdivision north of Springfield.