Tuesday’s City Council Meeting will hold the final decision as to whether or not the City of Turlock will rename the Turlock Skate Park, located on Starr Ave., to the Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park. Brandon Koch, who was well known throughout the community for his generosity and kind nature while teaching others how to skateboard, died at age 26 of adrenocortical cancer.
Judith Suliman, Koch’s aunt, attended the Parks, Recreation and Community Programs Commission meeting in May and spoke during public participation. Suliman, and several other members of the community spoke in favor of naming the facility after Brandon Koch who died of cancer at an early age.
Members of the community who spoke in favor of renaming the park felt it was justified because of the impact Brandon Koch had on the park both as a skate boarder and as a mentor to many of the young people who used the park.
Mrs. Suliman has collected over 1,000 signatures and is willing to fundraise for the costs associated with the renaming of the park, if granted by the City Council.
During the June Parks, Recreation and Community Programs Commission meeting commissioners agreed that the conditions set forth by the Council for renaming a facility are difficult to meet, but from the information they received from Mr. Koch’s friends and family they believed he acted as an unofficial volunteer at the Skate Park. A motion was made and passed unanimously to recommend the renaming of the Skate Park to the Brandon Koch Memorial Skate Park to go before the City Council.
While the policy for naming City facilities focuses on the naming of newly established facilities, it was referenced in the resolution renaming the Columbia Center to the Marty Yerby Center.
Koch was a skateboarding advocate who frequented the Turlock Skate Park. According to many community members who visited the Skate Park, Mr. Koch contributed countless hours teaching people who were new to the sport.
Any fiscal impacts or fees associated with the renaming of the facility will be raised through donations to Koch’s family.
The City Council meeting will begin at 7pm, and is held at City Hall, located at 156 S. Broadway.
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