HOLLY SPRINGS — The city of Holly Springs is zeroing in on a name for its newest park soon to be under construction on Hickory Road.
City Manager Rob Logan said during the City Council’s work session Monday night that after several weeks of taking suggestions from residents on what to name the 33-acre recreation center, the council has no shortage of options to choose from when it votes on the name Aug. 19.
Holly Springs received 31 different resident submissions to name the park, which is hoped to be complete by summer 2014 near the Harmony on the Lakes subdivision, Logan said.
Within the suggestions the city received, residents thought up names that include Holly Springs Park, Hickory Haven Park, Acorn Trails, That Park on Hickory Road and Constitution Park. But Logan said other residents hope to have the park’s name be of more relevant meaning to the city’s history.
“A lot of (residents) looked at people who have contributed to the community and want to honor and memorialize them,” Logan said.
Of those residents suggested honoring with the park’s name were former city clerk Doris Brookshire, World War II veteran and lumber mill owner Ronald Dunn, longtime, revered resident James T. Hardin Sr. and J.B. Owens, who was Holly Springs’ last train depot agent.
After looking over the lengthy list of potential names, the City Council will now narrow it down to a few choices.
Councilman Mike Zenchuk, though, said during the meeting Monday night he’s all but made up his mind.
Zenchuk was one of two who suggested naming the park for J.B. Owens and said he wanted to “lobby” for the council to name the park for Owens, who he said was an important figure in Holly Springs history.
“He was actually our first grand marshal in our Christmas parade. He was instrumental in getting Kenney Askew Park developed from a landfill to a softball field which is still in use today,” Zenchuk said. “I think that would be a great opportunity to honor that family.”
Councilwoman Karen Barnett also said she favored naming the park for Owens.
The park is being funded by a $1.5 million allowance from Cherokee County’s $90 million parks bond and will feature a walking trail, which will in part be handicapped-accessible, and several pavilions.
During the City Council’s work session Monday, the council also:
• Discussed installing a traffic light at the intersection of Palm Street and Hickory Road. Logan said the feat would cost the city “less than $100,000” and would improve the flow of traffic, which is now controlled by a stop sign;
• Discussed amending city code to allow backyard chickens;
• Discussed passing a resolution in support of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and residents’ right to bear arms; and
• Voted to go into a closed session to discuss real estate.