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Aspen Times Staff Report

Mace Park? It may sound like a likely place for a mugging, but it’s really just one of several options to honor someone of significance in Aspen’s history.

The city parks department is seeking input from the Aspen City Council tonight on what to officially name the park at the city’s Water Place affordable-housing project.

Currently called Water Place Park, for lack of a better moniker, the park on Doolittle Drive was completed this summer and boasts a playground, basketball hoop and trail.

Parks department staffers are recommending the park be renamed in honor of an individual who has contributed to the community and history of Aspen.

After consulting with the Aspen Historical Society, staffers have offered several suggestions for the council to consider.

Among the suggestions is naming the park for Friedl Pfeifer, a 10th Mountain Division veteran who organized the Aspen Skiing Co. with Walter Paepcke and started the Aspen Mountain Ski School and the Buttermilk ski area.

Another option is naming the park for Stuart Mace, a pioneer environmentalist involved in the creation of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. He also operated a sled-dog operation in Ashcroft.

Other individuals suggested for the honor include: Ruth Whyte, a longtime supporter of the Aspen Ski Club and a well-known philanthropist; Margaret and H.P. Cowenhoven, pioneer merchants who made a fortune selling goods to local minors during Aspen’s mining heyday and who were involved with some of the town’s most famous mines; Eve Homeyer, Aspen’s first woman mayor and an early supporter of mass transit; and Davis H. Waite, an Aspenite and Colorado’s only populist governor, elected in 1892.

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