A petition has been started by Commercial Wharf resident, Michael Cohen, to rename Christopher Columbus Park after the late Mayor Tom Menino. As of this writing, the petition has over 1,000 signatures with a goal of 10,000. The petition starts:
The residents of City Of Boston and so many others mourn the passing of Tom Menino who did so much for the city and will surely be remembered as one of our very best mayors. Much will be said and written about how he should be honored and we, the signers of this petition, believe that that Christopher Columbus Park on the waterfront adjacent to the North End should be renamed Tom Menino Park in his honor. Continue reading at TomMeninoPark.org.
The petition questions whether Christopher Columbus continues to deserve “the recognition of such a beautiful spot in our city” given “recent revelations.”
Cohen contends that all Boston neighborhoods will soon be vying to name a tribute for Mayor Menino and now is the time to establish Tom Menino Park on the North End’s waterfront. The proposal comes after the 2013 opening of Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park in Charlestown next to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
This question is not on the ballot this week, but please vote in our poll below. In addition to the Columbus and Menino options, we also offer a third choice to rename the park to something completely different. The City of Boston sometimes calls it “Waterfront Park” in addition Christopher Columbus Park.
After voting, free to explain your view in the comments section below.