The city may seek to rename the access road that runs between its 229 Technology Park and the parking lots for Lake Compounce.
The one mile long road could be named something like the J. Harwood "Stretch" Norton Boulevard, Mayor Art Ward said Tuesday.
Ward said he would see if Lake Compounce, which leases the road, had any concerns about the proposal.
The manager at Lake Compounce, Jerry Brick, said he likes the idea.
“It would be a nice tribute to him and a nice way for his family to remember that he is connected to the park,” Brick said.
“I’ve been nothing but a fan of his since I’ve been here,” he added.
Norton, a former mayor who died April 3, managed the nation’s oldest amusement park until his family sold it in 1985. His family had owned at least part of the park since it began in 1846.
The city is also eyeing the possibility of renaming the road that runs alongside the park, but most of it is in Southington, where it is called Mt. Vernon Road. It becomes Lake Avenue when it reaches the Bristol line.
Changing the name of the four-lane access road would be easier, because the city owns it and nobody lives along it.
Former Mayor William Stortz suggested this week that steps be taken to honor Norton. He suggested renaming a road near the park that Norton loved.
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