Virginia city asks for public’s help to name five new parks

January 24, 2020 GMT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The city of Charlottesville is looking for the public’s help to come up with names for five new parks.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will consider names for land acquired over the past decade, The Daily Progress reported.

A 2018 city policy that became effective shortly after the city voted to again rename parks containing statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson says parks must be named to correlate with geographical, historical or ecological features native to the site or to the immediate vicinity.

The policy says parks can be named for a person if the individual has made a significant contribution to the park system or to the quality of life in the city.

The lands to be named include: a 20-acre parcel along Moore’s Creek with the remains of Hartman Mill; 142 acres adjacent to Ragged Mountain Natural Area; a soccer field adjacent to Northeast Park; 49 acres north of Melbourne Road along John Warner Parkway; and 30 acres across Old Lynchburg Road from Azalea Park.

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will consider names at its meeting on March 12. Once names are selected, they will be presented as a recommendation to the City Council.