In a ceremony on Saturday, August 9th, the mansion at Reservoir Park was dedicated as the Honorable Eugenia Smith Family Life Center in honor of City Councilor Eugenia Smith who passed away suddenly on April 11th.
On July 8th, Harrisburg City Council unanimously voted in favor of the name change; however, the Papenfuse Administration had originally proposed the park’s Brownstone Building be dedicated to Smith because of plans to use that building for more public events and community gatherings, “Hundreds of children pass through the Brownstone,” said Lenwood Sloan, Director of the city’s Arts, Culture and Tourism. ”What it represents is an incubator for young people.”
Despite the administration’s intentions, City Councilor Susan Brown Wilson suggested changing the proposal to rename the mansion instead declaring the mansion to be larger and more visible. “If we’re going to do something in the park, let’s do it on a building that’s truly visible and where people frequent.”
The mansion was built in 1898. The park itself was established in 1872 and is the city’s largest recreational area at the highest point of the city. Reservoir Park is part of the Capital Area Greenbelt.