Pittsburgh Mayor Addresses Petition to Rename Park After Mac Miller
Ever since Mac Miller's untimely death, his family, friends and fans have struggled to cope. As evidenced by a petition that is being signed at his vigil at Frick Park tonight in Pittsburgh (Sept. 11), many residents feel that a way to memorialize him is to rename the park—which Miller famously named his first album after—to Mac Miller Blue Slide Park.
Before the vigil, Pittsburgh Public Works repainted the monumental in-land slide blue in his honor, and at one point, an official petition to rename the park was busted out. However, according to Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, there have been rumblings to rename the park. Though he appears to be supportive of it, it's not clear if it'll happen any time soon.
On Monday (Sept. 10), Mayor Bill Peduto was asked about the renaming, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to which he explained, "There are strict rules on naming of public assets within the city now. I believe it's three years after someone has passed that you can then name something after them. This was basically done in order to not have politicians naming things after themselves while they're still in office."
The Mayor also added that he doesn't oppose it, but rather "it should come from the community itself."
Mayor Peduto also spoke highly of the Swimming rapper, saying that he got to know him well over the last few years. "Just a couple of things about Mac, because I got a chance to know him: No. 1, condolences out to his family — his parents live right by me — and to the friends that he's had in Pittsburgh since childhood," he said. "A lot of people got to know this guy not just as a star but on his way up as a really good person. And [County Executive] Rich Fitzgerald was his baseball coach. His connections go all throughout the city.
“The second thing is, he had a very, very compassionate heart when it came to what he wanted to invest back into Pittsburgh. We had conversations about programs to create parks that would be known to be safe for all children and parents, and those parks would be marked with a blue slide, and it would be something that he would start in Pittsburgh and then take worldwide. So that wherever you saw a blue slide in a park, you knew that your family would be safe and the area was safe.
"He wanted to be able to give back to Pittsburgh. In his memory, we're going to continue to work on those types of programs and hopefully get other local artists to be a part of it," he concluded.
Mac Miller was found with no signs of life at his San Fernando Valley, Calif. home on Sept. 7 at the age of 26. Authorities believe someone cleaned up the home prior to their initial investigation as they await a full toxicology report. His family is asking for privacy at this time.
Take a look at Mac fans waiting to sign the petition below.
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