Thursday, August 27, 2020

What's in a name?

Township chooses winning name for new park

A portion of the newly-named Legacy Park of Northville.
Northville Township has chosen a winning entry in the Name the Park contest.  Legacy Park of Northville was the unanimous choice of members of the board of trustees who approved the new name during their virtual meeting earlier this month.
The winning entry was submitted by two Northville Township residents, Sharon Hayden and Pam Norcutt, who will share the $200 prize for the winning entry.
Northville Township Clerk Marjorie Banner received more than 100 entries for the contest that began June 20.
“Many came in with explanations about why the name was suggested,” Banner said. “Some tugged at our heartstrings, while others connected history to the park. It was a difficult decision.”

The Legacy Park name stood out because voters in Northville Township approved a 2009 millage to buy the property to preserve and protect the area, “It is a legacy for future township residents, a legacy for our children,” Banner  said.
To choose the winning name, township officials established a park-naming committee to evaluate the submissions. In addition to Banner, members included:   William Sivy, a Northville Township Historic District Commission member;  Jamie Grabowski, Northville Township resident;  Jeff Oles, a Motor City Mountain Biking Association member;   Cyndy Jankowski, treasurer of the Northville Public Schools Board of Education;  Fred Shadko, Northville Township treasurer and   Mark Gasche, Northville Parks & Recreation director
“Most of the members of the committee were part of the Twenty21 Master Plan for the park and were well aware of why the community bought the property in 2009,” Banner explained.
The committee chose their top name choices and then discussed the suggestions until they came to unanimous agreement, a process that took longer than anticipated, reflecting the quality of the submissions, Banner said.
“We are excited to leave Legacy Park of Northville for future generations of township residents to enjoy,” she said.