Change Donald J. Trump State Park to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez State Park

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The Donald J. Trump State Park is located in Yorktown Heights, New York. Previously donated to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation in 2006, the 434-acre parcel was intended to be used as a park. However, with almost no operating and maintenance budget, the park has been reclaimed by nature and does not serve public benefit. 

President Trump's legal representatives stipulated a third term of transfer for the property, insisting that the parcel(s) must "bear a name which includes Mr. Trump's name, in acknowledgment of these gifts." As a result of this condition, all previous attempts at a name change, of which there have been several, have been unsuccessful.

To amend this situation, we propose that the park be renamed to "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez State Park, a Trump gift." Although the name is longer, it can be abbreviated to AOC State Park, once established. The conditions of the gift also indicate that signs be prominently displayed at each entrance, at least, which demonstrate this official name bearing the gifter's name. Outside of the legal name and entrance signs, the publicly used name may be any as accepted by locals. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a vocal activist for environmental care and reform, is the most suitable designee for this honor for two reasons. First, Miss Ocasio-Cortez is the youngest woman to ever be elected into the United States Congress. This is historic in nature and demonstrates a major shift in the mentality of our nation towards women and the valuable contributions of young candidates.

The second reason is perhaps most perfect as Miss Ocasio-Cortez was raised in Yorktown Heights, herself. This is the location of the park and therefore serves as a local monument to a member of their own community who has gone on to great heights of her own, in their behalf. 

By making this name change, the park will enjoy new publicity, local excitement and honor, and perhaps the boost it needs to be restored and become the public experience it was meant to be. Mr. Trump's gift can continue its purpose while bearing not only his name, but the name of a monumental woman and Congress member who represents the park's own district. 

As many attempts have been made to make this change in the past, we hope that this effort will not be looked over. In keeping with the stipulations insisted upon by Mr. Trump at the time of his conditional gift, this solution can offer change and inspiration to the local community in so many ways, while honoring our nation at the smallest, and perhaps most critical, level- at home.