August 18, 2009 10:44:00 AM
The Starkville Park Commission is calling on residents to help name a popular city park.
The park is located at the corner of Avenue of Patriots and Whitfield Street, just off Highway 12. It consists of a playground and pavilion area.
Plans are in the works to complete fencing around the park, upgrade the flower bed and add a sign with the park''s new name, whatever it may be. Long-range plans include a water fountain and restrooms.
The Park Commission is allowing residents to pick from three name choices or to submit their own ideas. The choices are Green Oaks Community Park, People''s Park and Green Park. Residents can vote by calling the Park Commission at 662-323-2294.
"We welcome any suggestions," said Matthew Rye, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, which is overseen by the Park Commission.
The winner of the "Name That Park" contest will receive $100.
Rye said the park will be named after whatever entry gets the most votes. The winner of the contest will be chosen randomly from the people who voted for the name with the most submissions, he said. If 100 people vote for "Green Oaks Community Park," for example, the winner will be chosen randomly from among those 100 entries.
All entries are due by Sept. 24. A winner will be selected and notified on Sept. 25.
"We just want the name to reflect what the people using the park want it to be," Rye said.
Moisah commented at 8/18/2009 1:05:00 PM:
Call it J.B. Raines Junk Yard Park..........
Bobbie Patridge commented at 9/15/2009 1:57:00 PM:
Green Oaks Dizzy Dawg Park
Caleb commented at 9/15/2009 6:06:00 PM:
I live nearby and have thought about it. You could call it "old goat park" for the old goat that used to clean the junk yard there. But seriously if you wanted to name it for a person, my grandfather lived in green oaks and was very active in the community. He served honorably in WWII in the 1st amphibious air rescue squadron. Basically he was on an amphibious plane that rescued down pilots or ship crews. He was near pretty much every front in the war saving lives. He passed away 3 years ago. His name was William Fred Murphy. I can give more information if needed. As I passed by one day something along those lines made sense right there on ave of patriots. It would be nice to immortalize him or someone like him by naming a park after them. Or simply patriots or veterans park. Good job on the park thought it's a nice place to stop and take a break for those of us that love closeby. Of the ones you got I like green oaks park.
Spence Kellum commented at 9/16/2009 10:38:00 AM:
We took a survey when we constructed the pavilion. Green Oaks Park was the most popular choice at that time.
The pavilion is somewhat symbolic of an oak tree. (also a large hand) The way the roof splits into lobes is loosely based on an oak leaf.
construction photos are posted at
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