Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The City of Dunwoody is asking residents to help name our newest park.

What name do you select for Dunwoody's newest park? The city of Dunwoody broke ground and began construction of the city’s third new park in two years! With the creation of this new park comes the important job of finding the perfect name!

PARK NAMING CONTEST: The city is holding a contest for Dunwoody residents to vote on a name for the new park.

The contest will run from August 5 through September 30 and offers residents a chance to choose one favorite from a list of five potential park names. There’s also the wildcard of an open ended option for residents to submit write-in ideas for a park name.

About “The Park”
This new 5-acre park is located off North Shallowford Road and Pernoshal Court. The park will feature two sport courts, basketball court, pavilion, large open field area for play, and part of the Dunwoody Trailway.

Contest Rules

1.    Open to adults and students (K-12)
2.    The park shall not be named after a living person*, service organization or a business
3.    The City will eliminate from consideration any name which proposes abuse, denigration, persecution or belittlement of any organization, race, religion or individual
4.    Limit one vote per person on
5.    Deadline for entries is September 30, 2015 by 5pm.
* When considering naming the park after a person, consideration will be given when:
•    The person has been deceased for five or more years
•    The person must have made a significant positive contribution to parks, recreation, or culture in the community without which the park/facility may not exist
•    The individual’s contributions enhanced a program or facility in an extraordinary way
•    The person demonstrated commitment to equality, inclusion and justice
•    The person risked his or her life to save or protect others and/or our Nation
•    The person volunteered and gave extraordinary help or care to individuals, families, groups, or the community
When selecting or submitting your favorite name, please consider the proposed name should at the least:
•    Render a strong positive image
•    Be appropriate, having regard for the park’s assets, location and/or history
•    Have historical, cultural, or social significance for future generations
•    Commemorate places, people, or events that are of continued importance to the city, region, state and/or nation
•    Honor and respect native or tribal communities
•    Have symbolic value that value that transcends its ordinary meaning or use and enhance the character and identity of the park
•    Have broad public support
•    Avoid undue commercialization of the park and its facilities
The winning name will be announced by Dunwoody Mayor and City Council on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the 6 p.m. City Council Meeting.

About the Potential Park Names:

1.    Pernoshal Park
  • The new park is located off of Pernoshal Court and North Shallowford Road. The name, Pernoshal Park, references the park’s location and connects it to the Georgetown area.
2.    Hightower Trail Park
  • Hightower (Etowah) Trail, one of the best-marked Indian Trails in Georgia, was a much-used crossover between two of the noted Trading Paths radiating from Augusta. Recognized as a former boundary between Cherokee and Creek lands, a part of it became, by Act of General Assembly 1822, the boundary line between Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties. Early families settled along the trail and it remained a main road until the 1840’s. Segments of it have been abandoned but many sections remain in use as part of present day roads. The name is believed to come from the Cherokee, Ita-Wa.
3.    Muskogee Park
  • The native people of Georgia and the Dunwoody area were the Muskogee (Creek) Indian tribes. The Muskogee Indians raised their families, hunted, and farmed Dunwoody land for generations, as far back as 400 A.D. 
4.    Old Buck Park
  • Old Buck was the one car train that ran from Chamblee to the Chattahoochee River, across from Roswell for 44 years. The train brought goods and carried people, an important part of Dunwoody’s development, until the line was discontinued in 1921.
5.    Magnolia Park
  • The magnolia flower is seen as the essential southern bloom. The delicate white flowers are only part of the large dignified trees that provide shade and beauty to any park.
Vote here under the Name Your New Park link at the bottom of this page.

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