Kansas City wants public’s ideas for new honor for Martin Luther King Jr.

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FILE – In this April, 20, 2019, file photo, public works employee Jerry Brooks changes a street sign from The Paseo to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. More than 50 years after King was assassinated, the city’s efforts to honor the civil rights leader has met opposition from citizens opposed to the renaming of The Paseo, one of the city’s iconic boulevards. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas is asking people interested in honoring Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to submit ideas to the city’s parks board within 90 days.

Lucas’ announcement on Tuesday comes a week after voters chose to restore The Paseo name to a boulevard that was named last year for King.

Lucas said the Parks and Recreation Board will hold public meetings to evaluate ideas for a new way to honor the civil rights icon.

The mayor said in a news release that last week’s vote showed that voters were frustrated by the process used to name the street for King.

Tim Smith, a spokesman with the group that led a successful campaign to restore The Paseo — called Save The Paseo — praised Lucas’ effort to gather input from the community on the issue.

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