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What should Johnson City call its new park?

Staff Report • Aug 1, 2013 at 10:24 PM

What should the city call the new park along State of Franklin Road?

The time has come for City Commissioners to choose a permanent name for the 5-acre downtown greenspace that most have known as Founder’s Park.

“We started by going to school children and letting them suggest names,” said Phil Pindzola, Public Works Department director. “We then had three groups pick their top 20 choices: city staff, Johnson City Development Auhtority/Friends of Ole Downtown; and the Public Art Committee. Then we merged those to 17. These names were then make available to the public in the form of an online survey in which they picked their top three choices.”

The suggestions included names that honored the city's past, including those highlighting city founder Henry Johnson, railroad magnate George L. Carter and the Windsor Hotel, which once stood nearby.

Commissioners can come to a consensus on one of these 17 names, or they can suggest their own names. Either way, Pindzola said a name likely will be decided upon tonight.

The names on the list and the votes they got in the survey:

• Blue Plum Greenway (158 votes)

• Franklin Green (156)

• Founders Park (150)

• Downtown Commons (139)

• Tanasi Commons (126)

• Windsor Square (114)

• Brush Creek Commons (101)

• The Falls (91)

• Johnson's Depot (85)

• The Commons (63)

• Founders Green (51)

• Brush Creek Reserve (48)

• Founders Commons (46)

• Windsor Commons (41)

• Carter Commons (31)

• Johnson Commons (24)

• Johnson Carter Commons (13)

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