Archive for Thursday, March 3, 2005

Park deserves placename unique to Eudora

March 3, 2005

In a welcome move, the Eudora City Council agreed Monday to rescind an earlier decision to name the new eastside park Prairie Park.
The decision to name the park was made two weeks earlier before Eudora Parks and Recreation Director Bobby Arnold could present the Council with his plan to include public involvement in the naming of the park that is being constructed on 14th Street in the Prairie Estates subdivision.
The park, as we noted in an earlier editorial, was designed by a Eudora High School drafting class. We praised that city/school district partnership as a way of increasing awareness and a sense of ownership in the new facility. Arnold's recommendation that the community provide a list of suggestions builds on that effort.
But the Prairie Park name also offended our sense of local pride. It was just too generic. Eudora has 150 years of history that should be able to produce placenames not shared in some form by housing developments throughout the Midwest. We have enough local color and sufficient significant personages to produce names for public facilities that are unique and celebrate Eudora's history.

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