The Beacon City Council officially passed a resolution earlier this evening renaming Riverfront Park. The new name is the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park. After Mayor Randy Casale read the resolution into the public record, it was passed unanimously by the council. The mayor has also appointed a committee to carry out the further resolution, “that the City shall support the design and construction of a memorial and plaque to be erected in the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park to honor the Seegers memory and to inform the public of its renaming.”
George Mansfield, who is on the committee with fellow council members Lee Kyriacou and Peggy Ross, as well as former council member Sara Pasti, noted that a temporary sign, designed and constructed by Fabhaus and Wickham Solid Wood Studio, will be unveiled at the Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 15.
George stressed that this sign was temporary, and the committee is tasked with putting out a call to the international art community to come up with a memorial for the Seegers. A second committee, which will include the Seeger family, will work to chose one of the submissions to be the permanent remembrance of Pete and Toshi at the park. Depending on the nature of the selected work, art foundry Polich/Tallix has offered assistance.
Feature photo, Pete and Toshi at the Beacon Sloop Club, March, 1994, by Ari Mintz.
Here is the resolution in full:
RESOLUTION RENAMING THE BEACON RIVERFRONT PARK THE PETE AND TOSHI SEEGER RIVERFRONT PARK
WHEREAS, Pete Seeger, the nationally renowned musician and activist, and his wife, Toshi Seeger, have been residents of the Beacon area since 1949; and
WHEREAS, in addition to their national exploits advocating on issues such as labor, civil rights and the environment, the Seegers have been prominent and constant fixtures in the Beacon community for more than 60 years through their efforts to revitalize and restore Beacon’s waterfront area and the Hudson River; and
WHEREAS, the Seegers helped improve the City of Beacon and the lives of its residents through their many accomplishments, including the co-founding of the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which is harbored in Beacon and has its headquarters at Beacon’s University Settlement Camp, and the creation of the Beacon Riverfront Park; and
WHEREAS, by opening access to Beacon’s waterfront and leading the charge to turn long neglected waterfront properties into a fully revitalized park for the public’s enjoyment, the Seegers demonstrated vision, advocacy and love for the City of Beacon and its residents which has inspired and will continue to inspire members of our community for generations to come; and
WHEREAS, Toshi Seeger passed away on July 9, 2013; and
WHEREAS, Pete Seeger passed away on January 27, 2014; and
WHEREAS, the City of Beacon owns the Beacon Riverfront Park (the “Riverfront Park”) which the Seegers helped to create; and
WHEREAS, in memory of the Seegers and their countless contributions to our community, the City Council, on behalf of the City and its residents, wishes to rename the Riverfront Park after Pete and Toshi Seeger to help preserve their legacy.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Beacon hereby renames the Beacon Riverfront Park the “Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park;” and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City shall support the design and construction of a memorial and plaque to be erected in the Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park to honor the Seegers memory and to inform the public of its renaming.