Hilliard leaders poised to christen park with no name

KEVIN CORVO
kcorvo@thisweeknews.com
This park at the entrance to the Heritage Rail Trail has no name, but Hilliard City Council is poised to consider Merchant Park as a name for it Monday, Aug. 24.

Although not as catchy as the 1970s classic "A Horse with No Name," Hilliard has a park with no name.

But city leaders are working to change that.

The park is adjacent to the Makoy Center, 5462 Center St., nestled between it and the trailhead to the Heritage Rail Trail.

A gazebo, benches and several pieces of metal artwork are inside the park.

City Manager Michelle Crandall, who began serving as Hilliard's first city manager in January after the city switched from a strong-mayor form of government, expressed interest in naming it upon learning it had none.

"It originated after a discussion (with the general manager for the Makoy Center) about better wayfinding to their business," Crandall said. "I mentioned directional signage to the park, and that is when I realized it did not have a name."

The city received the park from Hilliard City Schools in 1997, and although it technically is a park, it never received an official name as all the others in the city's park system have, said David Ball, director of communications for Hilliard.

"We're in the process of brainstorming and researching possible park names," Ball said. "We think we've got it narrowed down to something appropriate and historically interesting."

Ball said city leaders wanted to do more research before they presented a proposal to Hilliard City Council.

Naming the park would require the approval of the council, he said. A proposal could be made as soon as Monday, Aug. 24, Ball said.

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