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File #: 190112.    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Staff Recommendation Status: Passed
File created: 6/27/2019 In control: City Manager
On agenda: 8/15/2019 Final action: 8/15/2019
Title: Request to Rename a Neighborhood Park to “Unity Park” (B) This item involves a request to rename NE 31st Avenue Park located at 1700 NE 31st Avenue to “Unity Park.”
Attachments: 1. 190112A_WSPPReq_20190815, 2. 190112B_PRABMemo_20190815, 3. 190112C_Petition_20190815, 4. 190112D_CommEngmt_20190815, 5. 190112E_PkNamingPol_20190815
Related files: 190308.

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Request to Rename a Neighborhood Park to “Unity Park” (B)

 

This item involves a request to rename NE 31st Avenue Park located at 1700 NE 31st Avenue to “Unity Park.”

 

Explanation

On February 28, 2005, the City Commission referred the matter of naming City parks, recreation areas, and facilities to the Recreation and the Cultural Affairs Committee. The Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee forwarded their recommendations to the Commission on June 16, 2005. The City Commission adopted the Committee's recommendations at their August 8, 2005 meeting. The general policy states that either the City of Gainesville Public Recreation and Parks Board, Nature Centers Commission  or Cultural Affairs Board would be responsible for recommending to the City Commission approval of all names of parks, recreation areas, facilities, and centers managed by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Department.

 

At their October 18, 2018 meeting, the Public Recreation and Parks Board received a request from Wild Spaces, Public Places Director Elizabeth (Betsy)Waite to rename the NE 31st Avenue Park to "Unity Park." The request was a result of an open house held in the community where names were voted on, and “Unity Park” was the most popular choice from attendees. The request was accompanied by the required petition with more than the necessary 50 signatures of adults within the City and an explanation of why the name was proposed.

 

On January 16, 2019, the Public Recreation and Parks Board unanimously voted to recommend renaming the park “Unity Park.”

 

Fiscal Note

None.

 

Recommendation

The City Commission approve the request to rename the park at 1700 NE 31st Avenue as “Unity Park.”




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