A petition is making rounds at Mac Miller's vigil, aiming to change the name of Frick Park in Pittsburgh in honor of the late rapper.
Residents of the city want to memorialize the rapper by renaming the park to Mac Miller Blue Slide Park, which is the namesake of Mac Miller's first album, Blue Slide Park.
The park is located in Squirrel Hill, at the intersection of Nicholson Street and Beechwood Boulevard. Before the artist's vigil, the authorities repainted the slide with special epoxy in honor of him.
Mac Miller's Vigil
The vigil for the famous musician, who died at 26, was organized by Nightfall Records. The event will play the artist's music, create murals, paintings, drawings, and other artworks, hear talks from people who have been touched by Mac Miller, and hold a candlelight ceremony.
Thousands of fans are expected to attend the event. Also, a documentary will be filmed during the vigil and food trucks will also be present in the location.
According to the record label, it is encouraging those who will come to respect the neighborhood, the location, each other, and the cause of the event.
Brandon McCaslin, who organized the vigil, said that the rapper touched his life. He considers Mac Miller as one of the biggest reasons why he wound up in the music industry.
Despite the official petition to rename the park into Mac Miller Blue Slide Park and Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh's apparent support to the movement, it is still unclear if the changing of the park's name will happen in the near future.
"There are strict rules on naming of public assets within the city now. I believe it's three years after someone has passed that you can then name something after them," said Peduto. "This was basically done in order to not have politicians naming things after themselves while they're still in office."
The politician also stated that a council member or himself could propose an amendment under the policy. This would then be heard by a committee, and then affirmed through a council vote.
Tributes From Co-Artists
Many fellow musicians have paid tribute to the late rapper including Drake, G-Eazy, Ludacris, and even Elton John.
John, who dedicated his performance of "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" in his Allentown show to the rapper, said that he could not believe that someone so young and with that much talent could do what he did.
Mac Miller allegedly passed away due to a drug overdose.