Ahead of the park dedication next month, a cleanup is scheduled for Martha Burton Park next weekend, details in the flier below. Martha Burton Park was formerly Woodrow Wilson Park. But in light of Woodrow Wilson’s well-known racism, the township decided last year to rename the park. Local residents suggested naming it after Martha Burton. A brief write-up of her work can be read on the township’s park listing. Martha Burton is best known for her efforts at the South Media Community Center. A news story in 1975 writes, “Basketball and story hour are two mainstays of the summer program, but about 70 boys and girls from first to eighth grade take part in 4-H groups each afternoon at the Center. Nature study, crafts, games, cooking and special events comprise their program, which is being run by six girls from the federal Manpower program. The Center also provides counseling, information, job referrals and other services for “whoever walks in with a problem,” according to Mrs. Burton. It works with schools, police, courts and government agencies to give what help it can for about a dozen problem situations each week.” The article (Delaware County Times, July 23, 1975 page 32) goes on to talk about how the center served just about every part of the community around it. The park will be dedicated at a ceremony on July 31st.
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