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City Council To Decide on Plaque for Mark Ryan

Community Services Commission previously voted on recommendation to deny a plaque to the late Glendora resident.

File photo.
File photo.
Whether or not Glendora fixture Mark Ryan receives a plaque will rest in the hands of the City Council as they will make a decision at their first council meeting of the year, Tuesday night.

The Community Services Commission in November 2012 voted 3-1-1 to recommend that the City Council deny the plaque, stating that it would be "impractical if the highest form of recognition were given to every friendly person that touched our lives," officials said.

The Glendora Historical Society would like to place the Pride Marker at Finkbiner Park near the Larry R. Glenn Bandshell, according to city documents.

Mark Ryan, nicknamed "Mark of the Park," died in May 2012 at age 64. Ryan was known around Glendora for his friendly nature, riding around town on his bike, visiting local businesses and getting to know every person he met. Ryan would often perform odd jobs for some businesses.

The Historical Pride Marker being proposed by the Historical Society also does not meet the design and size requirements administered to all plaques and would need to be redesigned if the City Council Approves the plaque, city officials said.

There are two other options the City Council may consider:
The Community Services Department has a program that allows individuals or groups to purchase benches and play equipment and have the item installed with a plaque to honor a living or deceased individual.

The Glendora Historical Society also has the option of placing their Historical Pride Marker for Ryan on the museum property. City approval would not be required, officials said.

Administrative Policy No. 1.36, which governs the bestowing on permanent plaques states "that such action should be done with careful thought and consideration so that past or future naming actions are not diminished or lessened," adding that the individual receiving the plaque "shall have served the Glendora community in truly exceptional ways to the welfare of the city."

The City Council meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 116 East Foothill Boulevard, Jan. 14.
Jennifer Smith Algorri January 14, 2014 at 11:25 AM
I remember him from years ago when we lived in Glendora, often saw him doing odd jobs or just riding his bike around town, always friendly. It would not hurt one single person to put a plaque up for him and it would be a very kind gesture, something we dont see enough of. Celebrate a man that brought happiness and smiles to peoples faces everyday.
Slim Jim January 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM
A plaque to honor Mark is completely right and appropriate. He was an "everyman" whom we should all aspire to...friendly, accepting and open....qualities we want our community to aspire to and what we want our children to aspire to. He is a perfect example of what Glendora should be...so give him a plaque and do the right thing!
Cynde Tapia Rogers January 14, 2014 at 06:37 PM
For any council person to deny a plaque stating they can't do so for every nice person breaks my heart and sounds like it came from the mouth of someone who didn't grow up in G Town. Mark was a fixture of Glendora for GENERATIONS! Always smiling and always had a nice word. Those of us who grew up with him around learned first hand of people with disabilities and it shaped our thoughts, feelings and attitude toward disabled persons . Afraid like other children? Heck no, we knew Mark! We want a plaque!
Sheryl January 15, 2014 at 01:36 AM
Honoring Mark is honoring ourselves. He brought out the best in us.
Karen Nutt January 15, 2014 at 01:46 PM
I am so happy the council voted to honor Mark. He was truly a Glendora Ambassador. He was more than just someone who was waving to people, he embraced people, and people embraced him. At a time when parents of children with disabilities were placing them in institutions, his parent's made a decision to raise him in a community, where he would learn to interact and become a contributing member of society. We owe his family a debt of gratitude for giving us a precious gift of unconditional love and acceptance of a truly special individual.

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