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New Name Asked For Fairgrounds

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A recommendation that the city-owned Fairgrounds property be named Veterans Memorial Park was received by the City Council last night and referred to its health, park and water committee.

The suggested name was included in a two-part recommendation calling for a park in the W. Madison-Third Sts. area to be named Ernst M. Wurster Park.

The Board of Park Commissioners, in its recommendations, said "It is firmly believed that when developed this park will provide an adequate and suitable expression of the gratitude which this community feels towards the veterans of all wars."

According to the board, the name would apply to all of the 42-acre Fairgrounds tract except some six acres which are in the process of being leased to the Washtenaw Farm Council to erect an activities building.

The second parcel, which lies between Madison and W. Davis Ave. east of Turner Park Cr. and west of Third St., would be named for the late Ernst M. Wurster.

He served as a city councilman and was mayor of Ann Arbor, city treasurer and sheriff of Washtenaw county. He was a lifelong city resident.

Involved in the park area is some five acres, now being developed as a playground.