Mission will be getting a small park later this year when the Welstone at Mission Crossing senior housing project is finished, but a name that had been suggested for the park didn’t make the cut.
The city council rejected the name “Celebration Park” during a committee discussion Wednesday night. The park naming process will go back to the parks and recreation committee and suggestions will be accepted from the public.
The Celebration Park name was forwarded to the council for action after a public hearing last month drew nobody speaking for or against it. The name dates back to 2011 when the parks committee solicited names from the public and received 35 suggestions. The name originally was submitted by the parks committee and tree board in January 2013.
Part of the idea for the celebration theme included the prospect that developments on the east and west ends of city, including the Gateway project at Roe and Johnson Drive, would be completed or well under way and the name would make that celebration.
“You are not going to hurt anyone’s feelings,” said Parks Director Christy Humerickhouse, in reaction to the council rejection. The name met with no enthusiasm from the council members and Councilor Suzie Gibbs recommended it go back to the committees and ask residents to weigh in on the name.
The park will be less than one acre at the southwest corner of Martway and Broadmoor. The land was donated by the developer of the apartment project along with $100,000 to design and construct the park. The land is currently being used to store construction materials.
The council also saw preliminary designs for the park Wednesday and asked for more pricing information to select which amenities will be included in the final project.
Among the names submitted in 2011 were Broadway Park, Waymoor Park, Trails West, Yearbook Plaza, The Mission Green, The Fields of Mission, Martway Meadows, Westgate Park, The Mission Glen, Breyfogle Family Park, Wagon West Park, Clear Spring Park, Santa Fe Trail Park, and McConwell Park among many others. Several of the names on the list related to Mission’s history as a rest stop along the Santa Fe Trail or other early history.
The city does have a protocol for naming parks. It suggests neighborhood or boundary roads, geographic features, historical events or cultural attributes, historical figures, an individual who has made a civic contribution or a monetary contribution to the parks system. Unless a stipulation of a donation, parks are not named for living individuals.