The College Station City Council is holding off for now on backing a local legislator’s bill seeking to honor a Texas A&M football legend.
State Rep. John Raney’s House Bill 884, if passed, would designate a portion of Texas Avenue between East Villa Maria Road in Bryan and Krenek Tap Road in College Station as the Carolyn and John David Crow Memorial Parkway. On Thursday, council members chose to postpone a vote on a resolution in support of Raney’s bill until the April 11 council meeting.
That decision came after College Station resident Mary Hirsch spoke against the item, expressing a desire for a more “transparent process” in name designations of major roads. Hirsch said she appreciates the contributions Crow and his family made to the community but disagrees with such a designation being made for a major thoroughfare without community input.
“I feel that designating a name memorial for such a prominent roadway should be done with the input and participation of the community,” Hirsch said. “The community should choose which name they would like to represent their values.”
Deputy City Manager Jeff Capps said during the meeting that the designation wouldn’t change the name of the Texas Department of Transportation road or have any affect on addresses. TxDOT would handle the installation of signage at both ends of the corridor.
The city’s understanding is that Crow’s family reached out to Raney’s office about the possibility of the designation, Capps said.
The council, with the exception of Mayor Karl Mooney, decided to postpone consideration of whether to support the bill until April. Several council members expressed an interest in more information about the process for such a designation.
Mooney, though, noted that the council isn’t deciding on whom the designation would be named for, but rather if it wants to support Raney’s bill that will ultimately be decided upon by the legislature. The bill is already in committee and could be voted on soon, Mooney said, and it’s unclear what more information the council will learn by April that could better inform its decision.
John David Crow was A&M’s first Heisman Trophy winner in 1957 and was the only Aggie to receive the honor until Johnny Manziel won the award in 2012. Crow spent 11 years in the National Football League and later held several coaching and administrative jobs for both the NFL and college teams. He and his wife, Carolyn, retired to College Station until their deaths in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
The forthcoming Fun For All Playground in the city’s Stephen C. Beachy Central Park will include the Carolyn and John David Crow Field, a miniature version of Kyle Field with bleachers seating up to 400 people. The playground for children of all abilities will be located within the park off Krenek Tap Road, which would be the southern end of the proposed memorial parkway that could also be named for the Crows.