PARKERSBURG - A city councilman is asking for the horseshoe courts at City Park to be named after a former Parkersburg resident.
Councilman John Kelly wants the horseshoe courts named "The Loman Tumlin Memorial Horseshoe Center" after resident Loman Tumlin, who in the early 1990s gathered donations for the creation of the pits.
"Those horseshoe pits were not paid for through public funds" through the city, Kelly said. "It was raised through donations."
This file photo from September 2011 shows area throwers competing in the West Virginia Horseshoe Pitchers State Tournament at Parkersburg City Park. A city councilman wants the horseshoe pitch named after former resident Loman Tumlin, who raised money to build the horseshoe pits.
Kelly said Tumlin spent years talking to area residents, asking for monetary pledges of support and keeping careful records.
"When he got to a certain number, he started making phone calls and asking people to make good on their promises," Kelly said.
Tumlin died in 1999, but his wife and three sons still live within the city. Kelly said the horseshoe pits are some of the finest in the state and are often used for regional and state tournaments.
"Loman Tumlin deserves to have his name on that horseshoe pit," Kelly said.
The move was unanimously approved Feb. 26 by the city's Public Works Committee to be sent on to the full council for approval.
Mayor Bob Newell said the city does not have a formal policy on the naming of structures.