San Jose’s Columbus Park could be headed for a new name

Apr 08, 2022 230

For an explorer who never made it to California, Christopher Columbus has sparked plenty of controversy in San Jose lately. You can expect the latest to center around Columbus Park, a 10-acre site just south of Mineta San Jose International Airport that has quite a history over the past 75 years.

But its future will be determined by a “reimagining” project — launched by the city’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services department — that includes potentially changing the name of the park, removing its association with the maligned European explorer. That would follow the removal of a Columbus statue from San Jose City Hall in 2018 and the city switching its Columbus Day holiday in October for Indigenous People’s Day in 2020.

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