Fate of Cahuilla Park name could change on April 4

The Claremont Community and Human Services Commission will continue discussion Wednesday, April 4, on the renaming of long-standing Cahuilla Park.

Though originally slated for discussion in early February, the item was moved to April due to lack of quorum.

The popular park off of Indian Hill Boulevard and Scripps Drive was named in the 1950s to reflect the Cahuilla Tribe, who was believed to have been the longest-living inhabitants of what is now known as Claremont.

City officials are looking to change the name after historical data revealed that the Cahuilla tribe might not have originated in Claremont. According to some, renaming the park to honor the Tongva will better reflect the city’s cultural history by honoring the true indigenous people of Claremont, the Tongva.

New names being explored tonight include Tongva Park and Toganvar Park, meaning “the people’s park,” Gabrielino Park in reference to Mission San Gabriel set up by Spanish colonists in 1771, Joat Park meaning “Snowy Mountain” in reference to Mount Baldy, and Torojoatngna for “The Place Below Snowy Mountain.”

City staff estimate total costs for the name change not to exceed $6500. The money will be used to replace the stone sign at the east end of the park. City brochures and information will also need to be updated.

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. tonight in the City Council Chamber, 225 Second St. For the full agenda, visit www.ci.claremont.ca.us.

Check out our website for an update on Wednesday’s decision.

—Beth Hartnett


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