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Belton City Council holds public hearing, decides new name for Confederate Park

In a unanimous vote, the council decided to change the name to Liberty Park.

BELTON, Texas — The Belton City Council renamed Confederate Park and Confederate Park Drive on Tuesday after a public hearing was to consider new names for both the park and street.

"At this point in time the right thing to do is move forward with the park name change and make every citizen in Belton feel included," Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Carpenter said prior to the vote. 

The council unanimously voted on the names "Liberty Park" and "Veteran's Way."

Park name options:

  • Liberty (consensus top two choice)
  • Unity (consensus top two choice)
  • Community
  • Fellowship
  • Veterans

Street name options:

  • Veterans Way
  • Veterans Drive

"The opportunity to be able to rename the park that will reflect who we are in Belton is one we can't pass up," Mayor Marion Grayson said prior to the vote. 

According to the city's website, the board also recommended putting up a historical storyboard at the park. Some of the councilmembers voiced support of the storyboards during the meeting. 

You can find a full timeline of events here.