Mayor Keith Curry proposed this week to rename a city park in honor of President Ronald Reagan to mark the upcoming centennial of his birth.
“As our governor and president, Ronald Reagan was well known and beloved by the
citizens of Newport Beach,” Curry said. “He received overwhelming majorities (here) in the 1980 and 1984 elections and was frequently in our city where many today still remember him personally.”
Renaming a park for him, Curry said, would “provide a touchstone for future generations to understand our history and the accomplishments of this outstanding leader.”
Curry said he would favor renaming Bonita Canyon Sports Park to Ronald Reagan Sports Park, but asked the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission to consider the whether to make the change and to recommend which park.
Curry also asked that the City Council create a Newport Beach Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission to raise funds for new signs and a memorial at the renamed park.
Reagan was born on Feb. 6, 1911.