Those who walk into Sorom Park in Reedsburg may notice a new sign.
At the Reedsburg’s Historic Preservation Commission May 8 meeting, members of the commission and council members dedicated a sign to commemorate Richard Sorom, a long time resident of Reedsburg who was active in the community.
The park is located at 334 South Willow Street and was formerly known as Williow Park until it was renamed to honor Sorom in July 2017.
Chairperson Jason Schulte said with similar dedications at Webb Park and Saputo Field at Nishan Park last year, the commission wanted to honor Sorom as well.
“When they did the renaming, we thought it was appropriate we should just get it done now rather than recapture history later,” Schulte said.
The sign acknowledges Sorom’s achievements as a member of the Reedsburg community including president of Little League, a member of the historic preservation committee and parks and recreation committee for 30 years. In addition, Sorom was an industrial arts teacher and a wrestling coach at what was then Webb High School, said his wife Kathy.
“He always put kids front and center,” Kathy Sorom, who war present at the dedication, said. “He thought it was important to take care of them and have space for them.”
Schulte said Sorom was an “advocate for Reedsburg” and having the sign shows his commitment to that.
“People drive by and see Sorom Park. This brings it together and what it means and why it is Sorom Park,” Schulte said. “That is why we have done all of these projects because when people walk up there they should know the people that got us to this point.