LeVar Burton has had an prolific career. He starred in the landmark miniseries Roots, helped an entire generation to fall in love with reading as the narrator of Reading Rainbow and was even a prominent member of Starfleet when he played Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The actor-director has received countless accolades across his storied career, and now the city of Sacramento is set to pay him another honor.
The Sacramento Bee reports that officials in the city have announced plans to have two city parks renamed, and that the recently upgraded Richfield Park would be rechristened LeVar Burton Park. Burton moved to Sacramento as a child and spent much of his youth in the California city.
Brianna Moland, an assistant planner for the city, is the leading force behind renaming the park after Burton. “He’s always been proud of his Sacramento roots and he continues to use his career and his influence to be a strong advocate for literacy for children,” said Moland.
The other park, Saint Rose of Lima Park, may also be renamed in honor of Ali Youssefi. Youssefi was a city planner who helped construct more affordable housing in the city. He tragically passed away last year following a battle with cancer.