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Fairview Aquatic Center will be renamed to honor former Normal mayor

A tranquil suburban scene with a park sign labeled "Fairview Park" surrounded by autumn foliage. Low brick houses are visible in the background, along with bare trees and a telephone pole. The grass is green with fallen leaves scattered around.
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Fairview Aquatic Center, originally built in 1958, will be renamed for former Normal Mayor Kent Karraker.

Fairview Aquatic Center will change its name to honor a Normal mayor who was passionate about aquatics.

Renovating Fairview Pool in 1998 was a point of pride for Kent Karraker, who served as Normal's mayor from 1993-2003. Karraker and his family spent a lot of time at the facility that will now bear his name.

Karraker additionally revived the central business district now known at Uptown Normal, balancing capital improvements with fiscal conservatism. He died in March.

Mayor Chris Koos announced the plan to unveil the Kent M. Karraker Aquatic Center on May 25 at Karraker's memorial service.

Fairview Aquatic Center was refreshed last year with resurfacing and fresh paint. Future improvements to the adjacent Fairview Park include overhauling a 20-year-old skate park, scheduled to be completed this summer.

A ceremony date officially naming Kent M. Karraker Aquatic Center has not yet been announced. The surrounding Fairview Park will maintain its name.

Lauren Warnecke is a reporter at WGLT. You can reach Lauren at lewarne@ilstu.edu.