Park with no name?
Council policy decision puts dedication on hold for Gold Camp Park
A dedication date - and possibly even the name - of Gold Camp Park remained up in the air this week as part of a recent City Council policy decision.
The Westside park, construction of which is nearly complete, had been slated for a May 24 dedication, along with three other new parks. However, council members decided April 24 that greater consideration should be given to “naming parks after individuals who have contributed to the city in various ways,” City Parks Development Manager Chris Lieber explained.
The other park names (for now) are University, High Meadows and Prairie Grass.
The next stop in the process will be the Asset Naming Board, which could come up with new names as recommendations to council. The board had previously approved all the names except Gold Camp, which had been titled before the board was formed last year, according to Julie Levi of City Public Communica-tions. As a result, Gold Camp Park is not on the agenda for reconsideration, but the board could decide to change its name if it wanted to, she said.
The board is to meet Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Pikes Peak Room at City Hall. Neighborhood input will be allowed at the meeting, Levi said.
The five-acre Gold Camp Park contains certain elements - though most require imagination - related to Westside gold-mining history, according to Sarah Keith of City Parks. The park has a children's playground, a skateboard area, a grass playing field with a backstop and a basketball court and trails.
Despite the naming/dedication delay, the park is open for use now. Keith just asked that people be a little gentle with the new sod for a while. "Hopefully, the neighborhood will enjoy it and get a lot of good use from it," she said.
The park serves the Crown Hill Mesa subdivision, consisting of more than 300 homes north and south of Lower Gold Camp Road between 21st and near 8th Street. The park area had been a weed zone for several years until City Parks found money to develop it last year after being approached by residents.
City Council created the Asset Naming Board last year when some of the city's black leaders argued to have a major street named for the late Milton J. Proby. A parkway was eventually named after him.
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