City Manager John Deardoff has said he doesn’t expect more than guidance on “where we go from here.” Mayor Bob Bush has said he hopes the council will narrow the possibilities to three to five names and then pick a name before the end of the year.
Phase I of the park – which includes the entrance road, some parking and a restroom building near where the playground will be placed, utilities, and drainage infrastructure – is expected to open next spring.
Ninety-five people have submitted suggestions by mail or email or on a Web forum created by The Hutchinson News.
Several have suggested variations of Rivers Banks Park, in recognition of a former slave who settled in the area and started an orchard after the Civil War. Others have suggested Orchard Park, Woodland Park or a name recognizing one of several types of trees known to grow in the area, including catalpa, sand plum and red cedar.