Aug 5, 2015

Highland Manor Park to be renamed for former Cody Mayor Dorse Miller

Highland Manor Park is getting a new name to honor an old friend.

City of Cody officials plan to rename the Carter Avenue park in memory of former mayor Dorse Miller Jr. next week. The Thursday, Aug. 13, dedication ceremony will start at noon and also include a picnic.

Miller lived in Cody from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s. He worked in the radio industry and was a part-owner of KODI-AM.

Highland Manor Park is being renamed for former Cody Mayor Dorse Miller Jr. Photo courtesy City of Cody
Miller served three straight terms as mayor, leaving office in 1992. In an editorial published in April, outgoing Cody Enterprise publisher Bruce McCormack called Miller “the most productive mayor to ever lead our city” and called on current city leaders to recognize him.

McCormack recited a list of Miller's accomplishments: not only did he oversee significant upgrades to city infrastructure, he also helped start Cody's senior center, Beck Lake Park and the Shoshone Municipal Pipeline, which now provides water to Cody, Powell, Lovell, Byron, Deaver, Frannie and Northwest Rural Water.

Miller died in 2011 at the age of 84.

“He’s not living any longer, but I’m sure he’ll be there that day,” Cody Mayor Nancy Tia Brown said at Tuesday's city council meeting. Brown said Miller's family used to live near the park. 

The soon-to-be-renamed Highland Manor Park is located at 2500 Carter Avenue. It has a playground, basketball court, picnic area, restrooms and a tennis court.

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