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Park Name Changing Due to War in Ukraine

City of Dubuque

The Russian invasion of Ukraine is being felt in Dubuque. The city is in the process of re-naming a park that had for years been named in honor of its sister city in Russia.

Marie Ware, from the Park and Recreation Department, says the signs for Pyatigorsk Park were taken down last summer after Dubuque's Sister City Committee voted to end its relationship with Pyatigorsk.

And it's received quite a few suggestions for a new name.

"So some of them were just like, 'I think it should be named this,' and that's all it was, and then other ones have submitted additional information. So there's real interest in being able to look at this and really come up with the right name."

Ware says the new name has to come from one of four categories: geographic location, major donors, people who've made a major contribution to the city, and historic events, people, or places.

Naming proposals are due by February 22, with a final decision by the Parks and Recreation Commission and then the city council.

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