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Effort underway to honor Marcus Walker with street name

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on April 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm with No Comments »
April 7, 2011 3:44 pm

A move is afoot to name a road adjacent to the Lakewood Playhouse after its former managing artistic director, Marcus Walker, who died from complications from skin cancer last month.

Steve Dunkelberger, co-founder of the Lakewood Historical Society and a friend of Walker for about 20 years, said he mentioned the idea to Councilman Walter Neary. Neary told Dunkelberger he was considering the same thing, and when the proposal was raised with city officials, they responded they received the same suggestion.

The city offered the suggestion to US Inland Management, the owner and manager of the shopping center, said David Bugher, assistant city manager for development. Most of the roads in the shopping center are private so it would be Inland’s, not the city’s, decision on authorizing placement of the sign, Bugher said.

“I’m waiting for them to tell us what they’re proposing to do,” he said.

Monika Armstrong, the property manager, said this week she is still waiting for a formal request.

Dunkelberger said Walker’s wife, Lauren, a Tacoma city councilman, is supportive of the proposal.

“The idea is out there, it’s moving forward,” he said.

Dunkelberger said the idea would be to name the access road to the playhouse off Lakewood Towne Center Boulevard Southwest after Walker. He said under Walker’s decade-long leadership, the playhouse became a gem in the community and “it make sense that we celebrate his life and the history of Marcus and the theater with something more permanent than flowers.”

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