Posted on January 19, 2018 at 5:00 pm by Clay Curtin
By: Marika Kopp
On Monday, Jan. 15, the City of Menlo Park hosted a park dedication ceremony, renaming Market Place Park after Karl E. Clark. Mr. Clark was a WWII Hero and received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with the Combat Distinguished Device in 2012. Throughout his lifetime Mr. Clark made many contributions to the Menlo Park community as an activist and mentor. He was an accomplished author of three books and helped establish the Onetta Harris Community Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. The event began with a Posting Colors ceremony presented by the American Legion Post 419 Color Guard. The ceremony included testimonials from Mayor Peter Ohtaki, several City Council members, representatives of the Belle Haven Action Group, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, celebrating Mr. Clark and his legacy. The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of the new Karl E. Clark Park sign. The event had over 100 individuals in attendance and was livestreamed to the Menlo Park Facebook page. The video has received over 7,000 views. Karl E. Clark Park is located at 313 Market Place, across from the Boys & Girls Club in the Belle Haven Neighborhood.