Seattle Delays Naming Park After Italian City

Seattle officials are backpedalling on a plan to name a new park in honor of a sister city better known these days as the Italian community where an American student was convicted of murdering her British roommate.

Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher said Thursday that the city is shelving the naming process for the park because of community concerns after the recent conviction of Seattle native Amanda Knox.

The park in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood was to be called Perugia Park. Six other city parks bear the names of Seattle sister cities.

An Italian jury in early December convicted the 22-year-old Knox of the 2007 murder in Perugia of British student Meredith Kercher. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 3, 2010 at 08:57 AM
    Maybe it's just me but... If they're looking for someplace to name it after where there hasn't been a murder... lol. I'm with Nathan on this. I also wonder because I haven't read the details on this particular case, is that just where the conviction took place or was the murder in the same city? The entire reasoning on the halt to naming just sounds cracked.
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Jan 2, 2010 at 09:59 PM
    So they're not naming the park after the town where a Seattle native was lawfully convicted of murder. To quote an Internet meme, "what is this I don't even?". No, there's something else at work here. We don't hold grudges against justice. Nobody said Knox's trial was unfair; I haven't even heard anyone say she wasn't guilty. It is sad that she was convicted in a foreign land, but if the trial was clean and just, why do we begrudge the city in which it took place? Name the park already; Seattle should honor an Italian city that probably has a rich history over a murderer anyway. Is this even an issue? I guess it is...
  • by Vance on Jan 2, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    Why dont they name it after Knox and call it FORT KNOX.
  • by Tusker Location: Winterville on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    Forget naming a park on Capital Hill in Seattle. How about renaming that awful spot on the University of Washington campus from Red Square to something more American. Oh, gosh! What am I thinking! That's Seattle. Sorry!
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