Wellesley back to one Centennial Park: Babson to honor President Healey

Babson College has decided to call what it has been referring to as Centennial Park, a campus centerpiece slated to debut this spring in celebration of the school’s 100th birthday, as Kerry Murphy Healey Park instead. The Wellesley park will be home to both the Babson Globe, which was recently moved there, and the Fountain of Flags that’s now in front of the school library.

Rendering of the future Kerry Murphy Healey Park at Babson College


Not naming it Centennial Park is a good call: As we pointed out when we first heard about plans for Centennial Park, that name could be confused with Wellesley’s Centennial Reservation (a.k.a., Centennial Park). Why inadvertently send a bunch of aspiring business people off into the woods when they’re simply looking to hang out on campus?

We had faith that entrepreneurial-oriented Babson could be more creative than that. And why not give students a lesson in the fine art of naming rights to boot?

The park, funded through millions of dollars in donations, will honor outgoing Babson President Healey. The state’s former lieutenant governor became the school’s first female president six years ago.

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