San Francisco names meadow in honor of Robin Williams

FILE - This 1987 file photo released by Touchstone Pictures shows actor Robin Williams in character as disc-jockey Adrian Cronauer in director Barry Levinsons comedy drama, "Good Morning Vietnam." Williams, whose free-form comedy and adept impressions dazzled audiences for decades, has died in an apparent suicide. He was 63. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office said Williams was pronounced dead at his home in California on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation showed the cause of death to be a suicide due to asphyxia. (AP Photo/Touchstone Pictures)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A meadow in San Francisco’s expansive Golden Gate Park has been named after the late comedian and actor Robin Williams.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously Thursday to rechristen the space.

The effort to rename the grassy lawn on the east end of Golden Gate Park was led by Debi and Will Durst, who have put on Comedy Day at the park for 37 years, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Williams, who grew up and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, performed at the first Comedy Day and returned to take part whenever he could, Debi Durst said.

He also served as the event’s chief patron anonymously in years when money was tight, she said.

“I felt compelled to do something for this man who was part of Comedy Day and the city of San Francisco in a way that would honor his memory and his comic spirit for all time,” Durst said.

California approved a resolution in 2015 to name a tunnel with rainbow arches that connects the Golden Gate Bridge to greater Marin County as the Robin Williams tunnel.

Williams suffered from dementia caused by Lewy body disease and killed himself in August 2014 at age 63.