When do the deed requirements on donated public land expire? Apparently never, as the heirs of the man who donated the Johnston Memorial Park push back on the city to use the park only as he wished. The politics are playing out, writes reporter Randall Higgins:
"In January, the council approved a motion by Councilman George Poe that the downtown park be treated just like any other city park or that the city return the property to the family.
On Monday, family members approached the council with a counteroffer that would allow the Veterans Day ceremony and Evening Shade concerts to stay in the park and asking the city to schedule renovations to bring the park back into compliance with the original deed.
The council rejected the counteroffer."