The access road that runs through Danvers’ Endicott Park is now named for former Danvers town manager Bob Curtis.
The town held a dedication ceremony naming the road Curtis Way. The Sept. 8 event was held at the site of a newly installed bronze plaque bearing the name of the road.
According to Town Manager Wayne P. Marquis, selectmen earlier this year decided to name the road for Curtis in recognition of the key role he played as town manager in acquiring the land that became Endicott Park, and of his many years of service to the town. Curtis was town manager from 1962 to 1979. It was during that time that the town purchased the 165 acres off Forest Street that is now the park, adjacent to Glen Magna Estate.
“It’s the town’s major outdoor recreation area and it’s beautiful. It wouldn’t exist as a public park if it weren’t for the efforts of Bob Curtis as town manager,’’ said Marquis, noting the site had been targeted for a “significant residential development’’ when the town purchased it.
Marquis, who succeeded Curtis as town manager, said there were many other initiatives that Curtis oversaw, during his tenure, from building the police station and the water treatment plant to construction of a fire station and establishment of a full-time senior center and a full-time Recreation Department.