Lumbrook pavilion

Newark plans to replace this aging pavilion in Lumbrook Park and name it in honor of the late Councilwoman Sharon Hughes.

A new pavilion in Lumbrook will be named in memory of the late Councilwoman Sharon Hughes.

“I think we should do something to have a permanent memorializing of her service right in her district,” Mayor Jerry Clifton said last week during the first regular council meeting since Hughes’ Sept. 25 death.

The pavilion will be built in Lumbrook Park, which is located just a few blocks from where Hughes lived. It will include a concrete floor and picnic tables and will replace an existing dirt-floor pavilion that is nearly 40 years old and has a leaking roof.

The project had been in the city’s long-range plans since 2017 but was delayed for more pressing needs. It was slated to be completed by the end of 2022, but Clifton requested that the Parks and Recreation Department expedite the project in honor of Hughes, who had advocated for the new pavilion.

No formal vote was taken, but council members unanimously agreed with Clifton’s request to expedite the project and name the pavilion for Hughes.

The project will cost $41,000.

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