City Council introduces bill to rename Robert E. Lee Park

Council introduces bill to rename park after Lake Roland, dropping confederate general

Tying the bill to national efforts to eradicate the confederate flag and other symbols of white supremacy from public life, City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young introduced a proposed ordinance to rename Robert E. Lee Park to Lake Roland Park. "County Executive Kamenetz requested that we rename the park, and we're doing this because he has asked us to," Young said in introducing the bill. "And because I think it's the right thing to do."

The park covers 450 acres in the county, just southwest of Towson and north of the city line. It has a dog park and abuts Lake Roland. It is owned by the city but leased to the county, which pays to operate and maintain it. City Paper started a petition to rename the park and covered the movement to do so here.

Councilman Bill Henry (4th District) said he had heard from constituents who wanted to know whether the city or the county would be required to pay for the new signs. He said he thought the county would be on the hook for that expense, but that the city's Law Department would have to interpret the lease agreement.


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