City to honor former commissioner

By William Thompson

City honors former county commissioner
By William Thompson
Quay County Sun
The Tucumcari City Commission unanimously approved a proposal Thursday to designate North Side Park “in memory of Grace Madrid.”
Friends and family members of Madrid, the Quay County commissioner who died May 18, had asked the city to rename the park “Grace Madrid Park.” Mayor Mary Mayfield told commissioners and Madrid supporters that other citizens in years past had come before the Commission with requests to rename the park and their requests were denied.
Mayfield urged the commissioners, however, to approve a compromise whereby the park would keep its original name, North Side Park, with the added designation honoring Madrid.
Andi Baum, who spoke on behalf of Madrid’s family members and friends, said she was satisfied with the compromise.
“I understand where they (commissioners) are coming from,” she said. “There was a precedent in that previous requests to change the name of the park were denied.”
Baum said she was happy the City Commission agreed to let Madrid’s supporters place a memorial at the park. No decision has been made as to how big the memorial will be or what it will consist of, but Baum said people have begun soliciting donations to purchase a memorial.
City Clerk Rachel Hicklin said materials will be ordered soon for a sign designating the park “in memory of Grace Madrid,” and the sign will be put up as soon as the materials arrive.
Baum said Madrid left the community with a rich heritage.
“We’ve been left with a great responsibility to carry on in her footsteps,” Baum said. “There ought to be some sort of memorial.”
Baum said Madrid’s supporters chose North Side Park because Madrid had grown up in that neighborhood.