When a park project is created, the default is to name it after the area it sits in, like Oak Hall Regional Park or Holmes-Foster Park.
But Ferguson Township is thinking differently. Construction on the proposed Westfield/Hillside Farm Estates Park is slated to begin this summer, Public Works Director David Modricker said, and the township is seeking input on names for the future park.
The site, at South Nixon Road and Sunday Drive just outside Pine Grove Mills, will be a 17-acre park featuring multiuse fields, gardens, tennis and basketball courts and a bike trail, according to a development plan by HRG Engineering. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed this fall, Modricker said, and will consist mainly of earth grading and installing the walking paths.
The phase is expected to cost about $352,000, he said, offset by a $200,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
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During the approval process, supervisors agreed that the park could carry a different name, he said, rather than carrying the standard designation of area.
The Board of Supervisors has the authority to rename the park, according to the Ferguson Township website. The naming policy was approved Feb. 17.
Approved names can be derived from the following:
• The name of the subdivision from where the land was dedicated.
• An outstanding feature of the facility.
• An adjoining subdivision, street, school or natural feature
• A commonly recognized historic event, group, organization or individual (living or deceased).
• An individual or organization that has contributed significantly to the development of the facility.
• Outstanding accomplishments by an individual for the good of the community.
• Any individual who provided an exceptional service in the interest of the park system.
Anyone with a suggestion meeting those criteria can contact Ferguson Township. Modricker said no decision has been made yet on a possible reward for the name ultimately chosen.