Archive for Thursday, February 14, 2008

City council searching for name for new park

February 14, 2008

Like new parents, the De Soto City Council is looking for the perfect name.

What council members want for the new Kansas riverfront park they agreed to fund last year is a name that sells, identifies and looks good on a graphic.

Last Thursday, the council kicked around a few names before agreeing to let park designer Doug Pickert try his hand. The idea was that the architect might have a better eye for a name that would fit on a sign or graphic.

Council members did agree they wanted De Soto in the park's name so that a regional audience would know where the park was. They also agreed that the park should include Kaw and river to enhance its distinction as the only park on the river in Johnson County.

Councilwoman Mitra Templin said the name should tell potential users the park was more than a traditional park. The park, which already has a boat ramp to the Kansas River, is to see its $675,000 first phase with a stage, festival grounds and vendor stall completed this year with an eye to being the home of future De Soto Days Festival, the De Soto Chamber of Commerce Blues Festival and Barbecue Contest, and - it is hoped - other activities.

Several names were suggested during the discussion with De Soto Kaw Landing seeming to be the most popular. Passed over were Mayor Dave Anderson's proposed Lana-Betty Park in homage to City Clerk Lana McPherson and City Councilwoman Betty Cannon for their role in the park's development and Templin's Celebration Landing.

The council will consider Pickert's suggestion before coming to a final decision.

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