Parks commissioner Ed Solomon dies

Park Board Commissioner Ed Solomon died Dec. 11, Superindendent Mary Merrill Anderson said. He was 67.

“He will be a huge loss to the system,” she said.

Solomon died of cancer.

He was first appointed to the board in October 1996, to complete the term of Dale “Skip” Gilbert, who died in office. Solomon erved as vice president of the board in 1999 and president in 2000-2001.

Solomon lived near McRae Park, and served there for 30 years, coaching and helping with the annual barbeque. Solomon was also a lot of fun, Anderson said, and was known informally to friends as “The Mayor of 48th Street."

There will be no special election; the board will appoint a replacement, Anderson said. The application and interview process should take two to three months. The district runs east of I-35W to the river and roughly from East 38th Street to the south city limits.