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Coonskin Park's Name to Change?


The head of the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission is seeking to change the name of Coonskin Park in Charleston.

Retired state Adj. Gen. Allen Tackett wants to change the park’s name because some people are offended by it.

The Charleston Gazette reports that the name is generally associated with a type of fur cap made from a raccoon skin but Tackett notes the term could be offensive to others.

The commission is set to discuss the name change at a Thursday meeting.

Tackett says now is the time to discuss it since new signs already will have to be made for a new entrance for the park. He’s suggesting the park be named for Kanawha County Commissioner Hoppy Shores, who was just elected to his seventh term.