Mendez said she was unaware of Zamora’s efforts to have the park named after her but was flattered nonetheless. “She didn’t say boo to me,” said Mendez, who attended Grandparents Day at Orr Elementary on Wednesday. “But that’s wonderful. I’ve been living in this place for some 50 years, and it’s very special to me.” However, before the park can be renamed, Superintendent Phillip Perez said board policy requires the district to first convene a committee to take suggestions for renaming the park. Later this summer, the committee will make a recommendation to the board, he said. “We will put together a plan to determine who will be involved as members on the committee, then establish a process and timeline for renaming the park,” Perez said. “And that will involve soliciting suggested names from the public and the Orr community.” NORWALK – Local school district officials have convened an advisory committee charged with considering renaming Orr Park. Little Lake City School District school board member Hilda Zamora launched the idea when she suggested at a recent meeting that the park be renamed in honor former board member Sara Mendez. Mendez, 85, spent decades on the school board. Her children and grandchildren have attended Orr Elementary School. Her son, Mike Mendez, is a Norwalk City Council member. The school and the playground, which are named after land owner and Norwalk founder William Orr, is used both by the school and by the city, which operates it as a public park during non-school hours. The Little Lake City district owns the park and has the authority to rename it, he said. But the city operates the park during non-school hours and is currently upgrading it to make it more useful and appealing. Zamora said she thought it only fitting to name the park after Mendez because of her work on the school board and in the Orr community. “As much as she’s given to other schools, Orr has been her main school, the one she has dedicated herself to,” Zamora said. “I’m hoping they can put it in her name, and I’d rather have it done now than later.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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