The Santa Clarita City Council voted Tuesday to change the name River Village Park to “Duane R. Harte Park at River Village” in honor of the late chair of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission.
Harte died of a heart attack last fall at age 68.
Mayor Bob Kellar, who brought the proposal forward, called Harte the “Heart of Santa Clarita.”
“He was so involved with this community in so many areas,” Kellar said. “To say ‘deserving,’ I think, is an understatement.”
Harte and wife Pauline moved to River Village from the Happy Valley district of Newhall two years ago. The park sits roughly a block from their home.
Duane Harte was also president of the River Village Homeowners Association. In a letter to the City Council, the current president expressed support for renaming the park.
“When you talk about a parks commissioner, what’s more appropriate than a park?” Kellar asked when the council was deciding how to honor Harte.
“I just don’t know anyone else in the community who spent so many hours volunteering for so many things,” said Councilman TimBen Boydston.