First Parks Commission chair honored

A zinc plaque will be mounted to a boulder at Lions Park in Hugo in recognition of the city’s first Parks Commission chair. The late Kathryn (Kathy) Marier served as the ‘spark plug’ to get the city thinking about prioritizing parks, noted Lion Pete Pedersen, a former Parks Commission member. The Lions Club felt it was time to recognize Marier’s dedication with the plaque, which was presented to her husband Jim Marier at a special ceremony June 9 at Good Neighbor Days. Kathy’s son Michael and his wife Kelly McLeod also attended, as did Kathy’s brother Tom Noble. Her daughter Emy was out of state and unable to be there.

The mayor and City Council were on hand in the rain to approve a motion accepting the plaque in recognition of Marier’s contribution. Pedersen called Marier “one of the special people in this world.” She died in 2004 at age 46. Jim said he was “surprised and grateful” for the honor. “Kathy was always interested in developing the parks,” he said. “She took an idea and ran with it.”

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