LAFAYETTE, Colo. –
A small Lafayette neighborhood park named after an adjacent street soon will have a more meaningful moniker.
The city plans to rename Barberry Park after the late John Breaux, who was known for his selfless acts such as picking up trash as he rode his bike around eastern Boulder County. The central Lafayette park is near the location on U.S. 287 where Breaux was killed in January while on his bike along the side of the road.
“I’m really happy that we’re able to do something meaningful,” said Alex Schatz, a Lafayette City Council member. “Hopefully, this will help people to learn more about him and everything he did for the community.”
The park also is close to the site of an extensive impromptu memorial created after Breaux’s death.
Community members say Breaux was a simple man whose familiar smile and selfless acts of kindness touched many. Since his death, many in the community have proposed ways to keep his memory alive.
The city plans to add a bronze plaque along the walking path near the park that will include a picture of Breaux and a description of his volunteer community efforts.
“Naming a park after a person is as high an honor as a municipal government can give out,” said Gary Klaphake, Lafayette’s city administrator. “It felt right.”
Klaphake expects the plaque to be installed this summer, when the city also is planning a formal dedication ceremony for the John Breaux Park.
Breaux, 57, lived with his brother, David Bright, and Bright’s family in Louisville.
In Louisville, Mayor Chuck Sisk also recently appointed nine people to serve on a John Breaux memorial committee charged with developing a recommendation for a permanent memorial. The committee is chaired by former city council member Jay Keany and includes David Bright and his wife, Lori Bright.
Placing bronze replicas of Breaux’s bike in a couple of the locations he frequented and renaming a park or stretch of road after him are among the most popular proposals.
Money raised through collection jars at businesses throughout the community will go to help cover the cost of a permanent memorial. That effort, along with a fund set up at a local bank, has raised about $35,000.
Louisville and Lafayette also are planning a joint John Breaux clean-up day on May 9.
“It’s my hope that this will become an annual event,” Sisk said.
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