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Online Tribute to Mac Miller Goes Viral

Blue Slide Park named in late rapper's honor on map apps.

If you're using a Google Maps or Apple Maps to get around Pittsburgh, you may notice a subtle tribute to Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller. The famous Blue Slide Playground in Frick Park is now called "Mac Miller's Blue Slide Park." The local landmark was the title inspiration for Miller's 2011 studio debut album "Blue Slide Park."

Twitter user @MacMillerMemoir appears to be the first person to point out the name change online.

Miller died in September from an accidental overdose. He was 26. A vigil for Miller was held at the playground, where a petition circulated to officially rename the playground in his honor. Mayor Bill Peduto acknowledged at the time that changing the names of city landmarks can take years, telling the Post-Gazette, "I know a lot of people have been saying we should rename the park. 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. This was basically done in order to not have politicians naming things after themselves while they're still in office."

Cover for Mac Miller's 2011 album "Blue Slide Park"

We reached out to the mayor's office who told us the name of the park had not been officially changed. For an official name change to take place, the residents of the neighborhood would have to submit a petition to the Naming Commission.

Miller, born Malcolm McCormick, has been remembered throughout the music world since his death. A tribute concert entitled "Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life" was held last year, and featured performances from Chance the Rapper, John Mayer, Travis Scott, SZA and other stars. Miller graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and first broke into the Pittsburgh rap scene in 2007. Miller was posthumously nominated for a Grammy for his most recent studio album "Swimming ."

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