Sacramento Has Renamed a Local Park After Reading Rainbow Host LeVar Burton

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Visitors heading to the public park at 1900 Expedition Way in the Meadowview neighborhood of Sacramento, California may feel a little burst of nostalgia, and not from watching their kids on the playground. This week, the park was renamed after Sacramento native and Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton.

According to CBS Sacramento, LeVar Burton Park is located just down the street from where the 62-year-old actor, television personality, and reading advocate grew up. Burton attended two schools in the area. He later launched a highly successful acting career, appearing in the acclaimed 1977 television miniseries Roots and on Star Trek: The Next Generation, among other roles. But it was as host of Reading Rainbow, the long-running PBS educational series that cultivated a love of books in the children who watched it, that Burton made his biggest mark.

During Tuesday’s dedication ceremony, Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg told Fox 40 that they decided to rename the former Richfield Park after Burton because his success could inspire other young people from the neighborhood to reach their own goals.

"If I can do it, so can you," Burton said.

[h/t CBS Sacramento]