After a park naming contest generated only 24 votes for the winner, Dunwoody City Council voted to defer the decision on a name for its newest park, which is currently under construction.
The “Name Your Park” contest began Aug. 5 and ran through Sept. 30. The contest provided an opportunity for city residents to vote on potential park names or provide a write-in name, city spokesman Bob Mullen said.
The five potential names for the nearly 5-acre park were Pernoshal Park, Hightower Trail Park, Muskogee Park, Old Buck Park, and Magnolia Park. Muskogee Park had the largest number of votes, but the number of people who wrote in a choice or chose none of the given choices made up more than two thirds of the total, Mullen said.
Mullen said during the two months the contest was open, the website had 800 visitors and 262 votes.
Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said she has a problem with choosing a name based on such low numbers.
During public comment, Kim Brooks told the mayor and City Council that she filed an Open Records Act request to find out what the write-in votes called for, but that information was not disclosed.
She said she believes a number of the votes asked to name the park for Mack Hannah, who passed away in August. “Someone who proved his dedication to the city,” Brooks said.
Deutsch said she, too, wants to see those write-in votes.
Councilman Doug Thompson said he would rather trust the park naming process to marketing staff rather than have City Council decide.
The new park when completed will be approximately five acres and it will be the largest newly-built park created since incorporation. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2015, Mullen said. In addition to the multi-use trail, the park will have a centralized pavilion/restroom facility, 162 parking spaces for park and trail users, passive and active open areas/fields for sports and basketball courts with a pickleball court overlay.
Brooks said during closing public comments that she wants to see the park named after “someone that most of us would aspire to be,” she said. “My intent is to honor a man who honored the community.”