Ascarate Park may soon be renamed, and if so, what would you rename it? 

Ascarate Park
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During a recent meeting, El Paso County Commissioners discussed changing Ascarate Park's name to something new.  

According to CBS4, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego brought up the idea of changing the park's name to Ascarate Meadows, preserving the Ascarate name, which is so familiar to generations of families growing up along the borderland. 

Ascarate Lake
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During the meeting earlier this week, Samaniego proposed the name change, revealing that multiple individuals have asked about a name change for the park and decided to bring it up for discussion during their county commissioner's meeting. 

Other county commissioners, including David Stout and Carl Robinson, were not necessarily opposed to the idea of changing the parks name but wondered if the name change was necessary at all and thought it best to consider the public's input via social media or through a survey,  

Marcos Rey
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Completed in 1940, Ascarate Park is the city’s largest public-use recreational park offering sports, picnicking, fishing, and other recreational activities as well as the new healing garden honoring the victims of the Walmart August 3 shooting.   

Spanning over 400 acres, Ascarate Park also houses an 18-hole, 72 par golf course and a 9-hole executive course called the Delta 9. The park also includes a 48-acre surface lake with a boardwalk, canoes, and pedal boat rentals.  

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In addition, Ascarate park offers other recreational activities including, five softball fields, one baseball field and two soccer fields, playgrounds, tennis courts, and an Aquatic Center that features one of the few Olympic-size competition pools in the city.  

Since I can remember, my friends and I have referred to Arascate Park as Arascate Park, which loosely translates to Scratch Yourself Park because of all the mosquitos that linger in the summer months. And while that name is pretty silly, I wonder if a new name is necessary.  

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Personally, I don't believe there is any need to change the park's name, but if a change is what the people want, what name do you suggest for renaming Ascarate Park? 

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