After years of planning, the stormwater pond and park at the site of former Rodney dorms is designed. Voters approved borrowing $9 million to fund it. The dorms have been demolished, and construction of the park will begin soon.
Now, city officials just need something to call it.
“We haven’t determined a name for the Rodney project yet, aside from ‘the Rodney project,’ which doesn’t have the staying power we’re looking for,” City Manager Tom Coleman said.
Coleman and city council are turning to the public for suggestions. Potential names for the park can be submitted at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WNJYM7T through March 26.
City officials will review the suggestions and submit six finalists to city council for approval before putting the finalists up for a public vote.
“We’re trying to avoid Parky McParkface or whatever else would come out of a general solicitation,” Coleman quipped.
Proper names will not be considered, meaning the park cannot be named for a person. That restriction includes references to Caesar Rodney, city spokeswoman Jayme Gravell said.
The person who submits the winning name will earn a $100 gift card to be used for Newark Parks & Recreation programs.
Mayor Jerry Clifton suggested that the name should somehow acknowledge UD’s history at the site.
“We ended up getting that parcel for just over $1 million,” he said. “That parcel had a real value to the university of over $10 million. I think there should be some homage paid to the university for their donation to this, and I will call it a donation.”