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Bridgepoint Park Renamed After Former Councilmember

The park will now be known as Susan Johnson Bridgepoint Park.

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.

For more information about the Susan Johnson Bridgepoint Park, click here.

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Margaret Jean Mikel October 23, 2012 at 04:00 PM
This is well deserved!!! Susan has over committed herself to Newark. Whoever's idea to name the park after her has my applaud!
Rob Sorensen October 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Congrats to Sue for tireless advocacy and hospitality shown for Newark. Lowell gets big time kudos as well. Jaycees can do!
Cathreene October 23, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Yay Mom!! Our whole family is very proud of you. We will forever call the park "Grandma Sue's Park". Love you!
Stacy kelly October 24, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Dave Smith was the mayor in Newark for over 30 years and he gets a few trees and a rock with a plaque. Paid for by LARA. Sue gets a park!!! Are we now going to name or rename places after people that have been elected to positions or volunteered there time in Newark. Is this the best use of public funds???
R8RSUE December 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I totally agree!!

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