Maricopa, Ariz. – August 8, 2012 – The Maricopa City Council has named a new roadway in honor of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The decision was made during the Aug. 7 City Council meeting. The new roadway will be located at the Recreation Complex which will break ground later this year. The roadway, officially named Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, will be a collector that will facilitate access to the City’s new Multigenerational Center and Regional Park.
“More than 900 cities in the United States have a street that honors Dr. King,” said Brad Hinton, Development/CIP Project Manager. “In most cases, the roadway is associated with a prominent or public roadway or is near memorials, places of note or capitol buildings.”
During the presentation, City Manager Brenda S. Fischer stated how this roadway was a great selection to carry such a prestigious name. “It is at this location, that the youth and the seniors of our community will come together. It will be a gathering place for all members of our community to enjoy. That sense of togetherness, of unity, is what Dr. King worked so diligently to achieve.”
Following the presentation, the City Council, led by Mayor Christian Price, unanimously approved the resolution.
The naming of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard coincides with the road design, which is currently underway. Construction of the roadway will take place as part of the Multigenerational Center and Regional Park projects. Those projects are anticipated to begin construction prior to the year’s end.