Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Help Name Dunwoody's New Park on Pernoshal Ct

Dunwoody, GA – August 4, 2015 – The City of Dunwoody offers an opportunity to get involved in creating a lasting impression on the city with a newly introduced contest asking residents to name the city’s newest park at Pernoshal Court.

The “Name Your Park” contest begins August 5 and runs through September 30, 2015 and provides an opportunity for city residents to vote on potential park names or provide a write-in name. Interested residents can participate in the contest by registering at the “Name Your Park” online contest portal at

The “Name Your Park” contest offers participants a chance to choose a favorite new park name from a list of five potential selections or provide a write-in idea for a potential park name. The five potential park name selections are Pernoshal Park, Hightower Trail Park, Muskogee Park, Old Buck Park, and Magnolia Park or a write-in name submission.

Contest participants will be limited to one vote per person. After all votes are submitted the winning name will be identified by city staff and announced by the Mayor and City Council on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the 6 p.m. City Council Meeting.

The new park, located at Pernoshal Court, will be approximately 5-acres and the largest newly-built park created since incorporation. In addition to the multi-use trail, the park will have a centralized pavilion/restroom facility, 162 parking spaces for park and trail users, passive and active open areas/fields for sports, and basketball courts with a pickle ball court overlay. The park construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

“Name your Park” contest rules and additional details on voting procedures are available at the online contest portal at

This contest/reaching out to the public to decide the identity of the new park is a classic case of Doing Something Right.  There is enormous talent, skill, perspective, and insight about our city and region right inside our borders.  That local citizen perspective (and skill set) should be the first go-to resource in building elements that contribute to our shared municipal identity.  Bonus points for the write-in option.

IMHO - I would not name any of our parks or other city features after a single person.  There is too much room for egos to get in the way and it would block the "organic" growth and evolution of identity.  No disrespect intended to Liane Levitan, but the locals think of Brook Run Park as Brook Run Park.  A space can be set aside to immortalize the efforts of individuals to establish a major feature (like a park) but leave naming the feature itself to the citizens.

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