Get students involved in naming river park
The parkland in the West Bottoms that is home to the new boat ramp is without a new name. This isn't an outrage -- at present there is nothing at the former sandpit but the boat ramp, a closed down former scale house, a large expanse of rocky ground and a riparian area along the river webbed with wildlife trails and those used by off-road vehicles.
But the city does have plans for the site, which is slated to be the home next fall of the barbecue contest Darrel Zimmerman started three years ago. The De Soto Chamber of Commerce would like to graft its blues and barbecue fund-raiser on that event at the site in 2008 when additional improvements are made at the site.
With the parkland growing in importance, the site should have a name. We would suggest it offers the De Soto Parks and Recreation Commission the opportunity to increase awareness of the site by inviting the city's school children to submit names for the park. The contest could easily tie into the city's sesquicentennial through the Kansas River's importance to the community.
We're confident the name chosen would add to the park's distinction.