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Plan to rename Hobo Jungle Park in Texarkana draws scrutiny

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Some Texarkana residents have questioned a plan to rename a city park in Arkansas.

The Texarkana Gazette reports the Texarkana Board of Directors voted to rename Hobo Jungle Park as Ermer Dansby Pondexter Sports Complex, for the African-American leader. Critics say the board didn't provide enough notice or opportunity for public input before the June 23 vote at a specially called meeting.

Nearly 20 people offered public comment during the board's July 2 meeting. Supporters of the name change focused on honoring Pondexter. Some objections involved removal of Texarkana history to change the name of Hobo Jungle Park, located near railroad tracks.

The park - with sports fields, trails and picnic facilities - recently received $300,000 in state and local grant for improvements.

The board's next meeting is July 16.

Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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