The city of Troy is hosting a naming competition for its new Town Center Park, located on the city’s municipal campus. The revamped site will include space for public events such as farmers markets, and outdoor movies and concerts.

The city of Troy is hosting a naming competition for its new Town Center Park, located on the city’s municipal campus. The revamped site will include space for public events such as farmers markets, and outdoor movies and concerts.

Photo provided by Ashely Tebedo


Troy hosts naming competition for new town center park

By: Brendan Losinski | Troy Times | Published August 25, 2021

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TROY — The Troy community is asking residents to get involved and submit names for the city’s new town center park that is being added to the Civic Center Complex near Livernois and 16 Mile roads.

The town center was formerly a concrete-covered parking area. The goal is to turn it into a multiuse space full of grass and trees, a space to be used for public events. The park will include asphalt walkways, on-site parking, lighting for evening events, and wide grassy areas that will offer a range of programming opportunities.

“The lot currently functions as an overflow lot for events. We have been wondering what to do with it for a few years. It was a prep space for Troy Daze, but we wanted to make it more of a community space,” explained Ashely Tebedo, a project manager for the Public Works Department. “So the Public Works Department has submitted these plans to the City Council. The goal is to now use it as a space for our farmers market, as well as for concerts, large events, outdoor movies and any other public outdoor events.” She said the design of the area “allows us a lot of options.”

Tebedo added that work on the park has already begun this summer, and officials are hoping to have it open and ready for events by mid-autumn.

“It is located on the Civic Center campus. It is off of Town Center Road and is north of the Community Center. It encompasses the area near the skate park,” she said. “We are soliciting for name suggestions for the town center. It is currently under construction and is going to be open in the fall of 2021. It will be considered a park, so it needs a name, so we are following our policies for naming parks and other public amenities.”

City officials are eager to see the project finished and said that allowing residents to name the space is a great way to get them engaged with the project and spread the word.

“I am extremely excited we are building a new park for our city,” Troy Mayor Ethan Baker said in an email. “Located in the heart of our civic center property, this new community gathering space is certain to be enjoyed by residents today, tomorrow, and for generations to come. We look forward to the official dedication and to welcoming everyone this fall!”

Names can be submitted at https://rec.troymi.gov/parks/town_center_project.php.

“We’re soliciting names, and people can submit their names on our website,” said Tebedo. “Once we close the submission form Sept. 1, the city staff will collect the names and submit them to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. They will select a name and then submit it for approval by the City Council. If you do provide a suggestion, we ask that you leave your contact information since, for instance, if you submit a person’s name we may ask for more details about that person.”

Troy officials provided a few guidelines and suggestions for people when coming up with names. Suggestions included a person or family who has contributed to the new park or the city of Troy as a whole, a local group or organization, the function of the park or a reference to that part of the city, such as abutting streets, nearby schools or other well-known landmarks. They did note on their website that names featuring, representing or including alcohol or tobacco products, or other places or products deemed unsuitable, shall be rejected.

“When thinking of ideas, maybe think about what it means to grow up in Troy or think of someone in the area that has impacted their life. Why is living in Troy important to you or what does Troy mean to you as a resident?” Tebedo said. “It can be a person, a family member, a group organization, someone who has contributed to the community. We just ask that it be appropriate. We think the name will be finalized and announced in the fall.”

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