Community leaders and hundreds of guests took part in a ceremony Saturday to celebrate the opening of R. Burnett Miller Park at McKinley Village in East Sacramento.
The park is named for the former Sacramento mayor, who served on the Sacramento City Council from 1971 to 1977. He was selected by the City Council in 1982 to serve out the remaining term of Mayor Phillip Isenberg, who was elected to the state Assembly.
Born in Sacramento in 1923, Miller earned a Purple Heart and Silver Star for his service in the U.S. 11th Armored Division during World War II. His family’s Burnett & Sons Planing Mill and Lumber Co. was founded in 1869. He is a strong supporter of the arts and led fundraising efforts for Crocker Art Museum and the Center for Sacramento History.
The dedication was held on the one-year anniversary of the opening and start of home sales at McKinley Village.
Attendees included Miller, current Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Sacramento City Councilman Jeff Harris.
The 1-acre park is at the center of McKinley Village, an infill development along the Capital City Freeway. The McKinley Village community plan includes 336 homes, a community clubhouse, five city parks and a community garden.
According to development officials, 126 homes have been sold and 50 families have moved into the community. More than 100 families are expected to live in the neighborhood by the end of the year, they said.