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City leader’s name may live on

The Atascadero City Council is scheduled to consider Tuesday whether to rename two prominent areas of Stadium Park to honor longtime community advocate Marjorie Mackey.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending that the main trail leading into the park and the bowl area be named after Mackey to honor her memory and contributions to the community.

Mackey, who died May 22 at 88, was a former councilwoman and an outspoken advocate for Atascadero’s rural ambience.

She served 11 years on the council, two of those as the city’s first female mayor. She was also a member of the county advisory council that drew up the then-unincorporated town’s general plan.

She dedicated almost 50 years of community service to Atascadero in various ways.

Mackey led the incentive to plant more oaks at Stadium Park, a 26-acre parcel with hills and a natural amphitheater. She led groups and individuals in planting and watering the saplings, and she founded the Friends of Stadium Park while bedridden the month before she died.

“There is a well-defined connection to Ms. Mackey’s importance in the history of the city and the appropriateness of naming a city-owned facility in her honor,” states the staff report going before the council Tuesday.

Other prominent areas named in honor of city contributors are the George C. Beatie skate park, Alvord Babe Ruth baseball field and the Henderson and Healy girls softball fields, according to Brady Cherry, the city’s community services director.

Two signs would be placed at each location in Stadium Park to honor Mackey. The signs could cost up to $1,200. City staff recommends seeking community donations to absorb the cost.

Reach AnnMarie Cornejo at 781-7939.

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