Someone informally renamed a south Minneapolis park in honor of George Floyd by putting a temporary decal on the park sign over the weekend.
The decal at George Todd Park covered up "Todd" with "Floyd" on the park sign. But by Monday morning, the decal had been removed and it looked as if white residue remained where the decal had been.
“The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is aware that Saturday night some unknown person(s) placed a decal on a park sign, changing George Todd Park to George Floyd Park," MPRB spokesperson Dawn Sommers told BMTN. "The MPRB has not received any requests nor taken any action for renaming the park at 5600 Chicago Avenue South. The MPRB is not removing the decal at this time.”
Sommers wasn't aware the decal had been taken down Monday morning.
"On Sunday, we had issued the directive to our staff to not remove the decal placed on the park sign at George Todd Park converting the sign to George Floyd Park. Unfortunately, one of our early morning weekday crew members was unaware of the directive and removed the decal this morning. It was unsalvageable and could not be re-adhered," she told BMTN.
The font used on the Floyd decal was nearly identical to the sign's original font, which wasn't missed by people on social media.
The 13.31-acre park is at 5600 S Chicago Ave., which is a little more than 2 miles from where an officer kneeled on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds before he died on May 25.
George Todd Park is named after George Todd, a park commissioner from 1957-1963, the MPRB website says, noting it was named after Todd while he was still alive, bucking the trend for how parks are typically named. Todd had cancer at the time and died a few months later.