A video shown at Thursday night’s meeting showed what the memorial garden in Pota Coston’s honor at Kenwood Park would look like.

A dedicated group of residents has gathered together to ensure the late Fayette County Commissioner Pota Coston will not soon be forgotten. Thursday night the Board of Commissioners approved accepting a donation of a little over $37,000 to install a monument and memorial garden in Coston’s honor at Kenwood Park. The group is making the donation that will cover the cost of installation, along with maintaining it for three years.
“What a fitting tribute to the life, legacy, and word of a wonderful individual,” said Commissioner Charles Rousseau. “I ask the community to get behind it as well.”
Kenwood Park was a natural choice for the memorial as Coston was a passionate advocate for the park’s revitalization and improvement. The memorial garden will include bench seating and a granite monument inscribed with a dedication to Coston.
There was concern expressed about what kind of burden it could place on county staff. County Manager Steve Rapson assured that it would be a low-maintenance element of the park taking up a very small segment of a park with a lot of acreage.
“There would have to be some type of landscaping there with the pavilion that’s going in, so in essence we just view this as a landscaping enhancement to the park,” said Rapson. “I do not see this as anything that would have a dramatic impact in regards to staffing levels.”
Commissioner David Barlow pointed out that he specifically wore a tie emblazoned with the word “love” on it.
“That’s what she stood for,” said Barlow. “When I put this tie on tonight, I did it for that very reason.”
Coston was sworn in as a county commissioner in 2015, the first African-American elected to that post in the county’s history. Many in the county were left shaken when Pota Coston died July 3 after battling breast cancer. She would be laid to rest at Hopeful Baptist Church.