Former city councilwoman Susan Johnson served the City of Newark for more than two decades, and on Friday, her service was recognized.
Bridgepoint Park will now be known as Susan Johnson Bridgepoint Park. The park’s new sign, which now is adorned with Johnson’s name, was revealed during a dedication last week.
City officials said that the park was dedicated to Johnson, who stepped down from the city council to pursue a new career, in honor of her service to the community.
Johnson was first elected onto the Newark City Council in March 1985, and was re-elected four times and appointed once between then and 2007. She also was the city’s vice mayor in 1987 and 1991.
During a 2007 commendation, Johnson was described as an advocate for senior citizens and is known for establishing Support Our Seniors, a nonprofit based in Newark. Johnson also served as a member of the City of Newark/Newark Unified School District Task Force on Youth Issues, according to city documents.
Johnson was also president of the parents club for Lincoln Elementary School, which is located behind the park.
“Susan Johnson had a vision for a balanced community with honest values and a wonderful quality of life for Newark families,” states the 2007 commendation.
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