BMX/Skate Park could be renamed Aug. 28

An extensive process to rename a 30,000-square-foot BMX and skateboard park in Central Austin could come to a conclusion Aug. 28.

If approved by at least five members of City Council at its Aug. 28 meeting, the park will be renamed Heath Eiland Morgan Moss BMX Skatepark, said Gregory Montes, park development coordinator with the city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

A proposal to rename the facility, open to the public since 2011, came to the city earlier this year from the Moss family, Montes said. Through a public input process, an additional name proposal emerged from the Eiland family. Both families wish to pay respects to deceased boys Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss, Montes said.

The Parks and Recreation Board proposed naming the park after both boys—pending council approval.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.