Suburban Scene, Sept. 29 - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 7:24 pm
Suburban Scene, Sept. 29

Papillion's Triangle Park gets new name to honor vets

Papillion's Triangle Park is getting a new name. The Papillion City Council voted unanimously to change it to Veterans Park.

“We really don't have one place set aside to honor those who have served,” Councilman Steve Engberg said.

With a recently installed flagpole and a Blue Star Memorial Marker that serves as an armed forces tribute, the park is a natural spot for a veterans tribute, Parks Director Tony Gowan said.

The name Triangle Park has no significance to any family or background, Gowan said. The city named it for the park's shape of land after a farmhouse was torn down.

In the next two to three years, additional park improvements are planned, such as sidewalks, irrigation systems and other salutes to veterans, Gowan said.

A renaming ceremony for the park will be held later this year. Gowan expects a new sign, costing $450, to be completed and installed around November.

Said Mayor David Black, “I think there will be a lot of appreciation for it. There's not really one place where the veterans can go and say, 'This is our spot.' ”

$2,500 donated to Bellevue's American Heroes Park fund

A new fund has been created to help develop Bellevue's American Heroes Park, and $2,500 has been donated.

The Bellevue Community Foundation established the fund, and the Ethos Group, a Texas organization that promotes excellence in the automobile sales industry, donated $2,500.

Ethos made the donation in the name of Brian Hamilton, president of Beardmore Subaru, after designating him a National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation Ambassador of Distinction.

The donation continues the foundation's commitment to developing Bellevue's newest riverfront park after it gave $40,000 to the city to light a proposed water fountain that will be the park's centerpiece.

Bellevue still struggles with sidewalk policy

Bellevue continues to struggle to devise a consistent policy on installing sidewalks in neighborhoods.

Four more property owners are appealing a requirement that sidewalks be installed in front of newly constructed homes. They cite the absence of any other sidewalks in the vicinity.

While people argue against putting in a “sidewalk to nowhere,” the city supports a “complete streets” agenda with adequate sidewalks around Bellevue. But over the years, council members have been receptive to granting waivers.

Earlier this month, the City Council held over a discussion on the four appeals until Oct. 28.

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