A name change is unlikely for Rosa Parks Square after Macon City Council shunned the idea.
Monday night Macon City Council strongly opposed re-naming the park and tabled an ordinance requested by the mayor. Members of the appropriations committee say the move would dishonor the civil rights hero and send a negative message to her family.
The mayor's initial ordinance would change the look and size of the park in downtown, by removing parking lots, leveling out land, and planting trees. It also calls to change the name of the park to "Macon Civic Plaza."
Council amended the mayor's request to keep the Rosa Parks name linked to the park, but even that wasn't enough for some members.
"When you table something you can bring back up off the table and you can massage it and it's still alive. But if we had voted it down it would've sent a strong message not only to this community, but to the administration that we don't want you trying to do anything to take away the legacy of Rosa Parks in this community or anywhere," said Henry Ficklin of Macon City Council.
State Bank donated $10,000.00 to the project, but did not ask for a name change.
Council addressed other concerns with the park. Members worry about taking away parking spaces in the congested downtown area and debate whether the cost of the long term project is worth the investment.
The mayor's original request also called for an additional $6,600.00 to complete the park upgrade.