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Two residents make comments about former Derleth Park at meeting


April 4, 2019

Two residents made comments regarding the recent vote to change the name of August Derleth Park to Sauk City Riverside Park during the March 26, 2019 Sauk City Village meeting. The first was Mark Fry who started by thanking the board for their work and also commenting on the lack of attendance at the meeting, “I’m always curious about what people are thinking about and how they interact with their local government because we all like to think we are represented by our local government, school board, village board and state government,” said Fry. “I realize as communities move forward they are aware and conscience of branding. Branding is a big part of our lives and how we want to sell our community. My ask for the board would be that we be aware of efforts by groups like the chamber to brand a community. Things that interest me, is the human history, what’s our legacy as human beings? That to me has a more powerful brand than how do we sell this town.”

He continued on, “Going forward if the board would just consider putting a greater weight on our human legacy here, what’s our contribution. Maybe there is a way for the board to consider memorializing [August Derleth] at the park, a plaque or something to recognize the importance of human history here”

Next to speak during the public comment portion was Mike Jacobs. He agreed with the same sentiments of Mark and said, “Myself and a lot of other people I know were very upset when they heard that the name of the [August Derleth] Park was being changed. It’s always been Auggie Derleth Park and from when we were kids sledding down there and now our kids and your grandkids are down there and it’s Auggie Derleth Park to them. People are wondering, what is the purpose for changing that? It’s a part of who we are, it’s someone who lived here and was a big supporter of our area and wrote about it. Why do we need to change it? It gives flavor to the town. Anyone could name a park after the town but it makes it a little more special when it has a different name. No matter what you thought of him [August Derleth] or his writings, it’s part of who we are as a town.”

He went on to agree with Mark about seeing if there was a way to rethink the name and keep the park name as August Derleth Park or combine the names like, “August Derleth Riverfront Park.”

Village president, Jim Anderson thanked both gentleman for coming in and speaking. The Village Board was not allowed to have a conversation about it that night because it was not on the agenda but Anderson said that could happen in the future.

Operating licenses were also approved for Roberta Paepke, Carole Ensminger & Eric Breunig and Class B Retailer’s Licenses were approved for upcoming events including, Sauk Prairie Twin’s games, Night of HOPE and the Summer Solstice Festival.


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