Alameda city leaders on Tuesday will consider a new name for a park that was named in honor of President Andrew Jackson, a slave owner.
Last summer, Jackson Park, the city’s first park, was stripped of its name after 111 years because it honored Jackson, who was the owner of 300 slaves and forcibly resettled Native Americans to Oklahoma from their homelands.
Since then, a community group has been working to find a new name for the park. Roughly 150 different names were suggested following surveys and at community gatherings. The city’s Recreation and Park Commission has now recommended the name Chochenyo Park after the lineage of the Ohlone tribe.
The proposed name change, which the Alameda City Council will consider at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, has been in the works for several years, but comes amid a national push to rename public places, schools and streets that honor people who practiced racism or espoused racist views.
The council will choose the new name from a list of 10 finalists, including Ohlone Park, Justice Park, Alameda Park, Peace Park and Mabel Tatum Park. Tatum was a Black woman who advocated for housing rights for low-income Alameda residents in the 1960s.
The park was originally named Alameda Park and is one of four city parks named after presidents. The others honor presidents George Washington, William McKinley and Abraham Lincoln.