According to the Sacramento Bee, LeVar Burton is expected to have a newly revamped park named after him. Geordi LaForge himself, LeVar Burton, was a native of Sacramento, California, the state’s capital, before making it big with Roots, Reading Rainbow, and of course Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Burton moved to South Sacramento when he was 3 years old and attended St. Pius Preparatory School before attending the University of Southern California (USC) on a drama scholarship. Burton has always been proud of his Sacramento roots, his mother was a social worker for the county of Sacramento for many years as well. He was previously honored in 2016 by being one of the inaugural members of the local “Walk of Stars.”
The Sacramento City Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously on the proposal to rename the park after Burton. The City Council will meet to give the renaming a final approval next month. The proposal is expected to go through as it has strong support from the community and city leaders.
Currently, the park is named “Richfield Park” simply because Richfield Way is one of the closest roads to the park. The SacBee describes the park:
The recently-upgraded 3-acre Richfield Park, south of Meadowview Road and east of the I-5, features basketball courts, a turf amphitheater, picnic area with shade canopy, nature-themed playground and fitness stations.
Burton responds to the news
Wow, is all I can say as well! https://t.co/DZr0l8vI51
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) February 11, 2019
Burton’s new show debuts tomorrow
Burton remains busy with his new podcast LeVar Burton Reads and can be seen as a guest star in tonight’s episode of NCIS: New Orleans. He also stars in one of the episodes of the new YouTube Original sci-fi anthology series Weird City, which premieres tomorrow, February 13th. Burton talks about the show in the promo below.