Brooklyn Park ball field to be named for activist Charles Elliott, 85, 'tickled' with honor

November 17, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

The county Department of Parks and Recreation has agreed to name Brooklyn Park ball field No. 2 after Charles Elliott, long- time community activist and president of the Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association.

A dedication ceremony at the field behind Park Elementary School, in the first block of E. 11th Ave., is planned for mid-April, according to Del. John R. Leopold, a Pasadena Republican whose District 31 includes Brooklyn Park.

Several residents suggested naming the field for the 85-year-old Elliott about two months ago during an association meeting he attended, Leopold said.

"I thought it had merit, and I pursued it," he said.

In September, he pitched the idea in a letter signed by the District 31 delegation to Thomas Donlin, deputy director of parks and recreation. Donlin approved the idea this month, Leopold said.

The letter praised Elliott as a long-standing leader in the community who "dedicated himself to bettering the quality of life for Brooklyn Park residents."

Elliott, who has been president of the association for 17 years, said he was "really tickled to death" with the honor.

"My Lord, I never expected nothing like that," he said in a telephone interview.

Elliott is "always looking out for his constituents," Leopold said.

Last week, when he called to tell Elliott of the honor, the first thing the improvement association president wanted to talk about was the need for an extra crossing guard at Park Elementary, Leopold said.

Leopold said he would look into it, and by Thursday Elliott was told the school would get another guard.

Elliott is more interested in helping his community than in "getting a field named after him," Leopold said.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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