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Proposed memorial at Buckley Park gets OK by Whitefish Bay Village Board

March 5, 2012

After reviewing and deliberating the issue for three consecutive meetings, the Whitefish Bay Village Board on Monday voted, 5-1, to authorize a memorial at Buckley Park, 4998 N. Lake Drive.

Last month, the family of Geoffrey Farnsworth, a Whitefish Bay Middle School teacher and coach, requested approval to construct a so-called council ring at the park, 4998 N. Lake Drive. It will be comprised of a circular stone seating wall that is 18 inches high and 18 inches wide.

The issue drew scrutiny from some residents, with a mix of proponents and opponents stating their opinions to the board. Proponents stated the council ring would be a valued addition and could increase the viability of Buckley Park. Opponents, including some residents living near the park, stated concerns about a loss of green space.

Farnsworth died in July at age 40 of cancer. He and his family - wife, Kelley, and children Addison, Gavin and Grady - have been Whitefish Bay residents for a dozen years.

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