PLEASANTON -- A proposal to rename a large city sports park after the late Mayor Ken Mercer has been endorsed by the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Commission.

The City Council is expected in July to take up the recommendation to rename the 103-acre Pleasanton Sports and Recreation Community Park for Mercer. The city's first directly elected mayor in 1986, Mercer died of cancer in January.

Park commissioners voted 4-1 last week to support renaming the park, which hosts many sports fields along Parkside Drive.

Pleasanton has a policy saying a person must be dead at least five years before a city park or facility can be named in his or her honor. Mercer supporters, however, argue an exemption is warranted for the former mayor, who was instrumental in getting the park developed.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.



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