Burbank Council OKs Plan to Name Park After Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson helped put the city of Burbank on the map. Now Burbank will put Carson on the city's map.

The Burbank City Council voted Tuesday night to change the name of Buena Vista Park to Johnny Carson Park, in honor of the "Tonight Show" host who has good-naturedly poked fun at Burbank for the past 20 years and plans to retire in about two months.

City officials said Carson has given the city nationwide exposure in his nightly monologues, even though he was usually poking fun at "beautiful downtown Burbank."

Carson has expressed his appreciation for the honor, said Mayor Michael Hastings.

The park is located across the street from NBC Studios, where Carson tapes the talk-variety program. A new park identification sign will be installed by the end of April, authorities said.

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