Playing the name game |

Playing the name game

Danie Harrelson

— The Wes Signs property recently acquired by the town of Hayden is commonly referred to as “Dry Creek Park.”

But town officials have decided the name is literally too dry, and now they are asking people in Hayden to come up with a name that better represents what the 22-acre purchase will mean to the town.

Hayden residents’ ideas will not go unappreciated. The person who contributes the winning name will receive $50 worth of gift certificates to Hayden businesses.

Lindsay Heer, the town’s new recreation director, said she is working with area businesses to offer an attractive prize package.

A little incentive can go a long way toward bringing in a wide cross-section of suggestions for the park, Heer said.

Heer said the town intends to use the “Name Your New Park” contest to increase community involvement in the development.

“We want them to feel some ownership of the idea,” she said. “We want them to feel like this is theirs, because it is.”

Name suggestions can be placed in red and white boxes at Town Hall, the West Routt Library District and Hayden Mercantile, all on Jefferson Avenue. Entry forms will be available at all three locations. The town placed no limits on the number of entries a person can make, Heer said.

“Use your imagination,” Heer said. “Use your brain. Think of a name and play the game.”

The deadline for suggestions falls on Dec. 1.

The Recreation Board will narrow down a handful of entries for the Hayden Board to choose from the following week, Heer said.

The Hayden Town Board of Trustees approved the Dry Creek Park and Trail Master Plan on Sept. 20. The board earlier hosted two meetings to gather public input on two park proposals developed by students from the University of Colorado at Denver.

The two plans were combined to produce the master plan that includes two soccer fields, two baseball/softball fields and a t-ball field. The plan also calls for an amphitheater that seats 200 to 300 people, a seasonal ice skating rink, two restroom/concession areas and a picnic/playground area. A perimeter trail will encircle the park, and a Nordic ski trail might be available for cross-country skiing. Construction might begin as early as next spring, Hayden Town Manager Rob Straebel said, with an estimated $3 million price tag.

The park’s completion will take some time, as the town prioritizes which elements of the park come first and which parts are added in time, he said. Straebel encouraged anyone interested in seeing what the park will look like to stop by Town Hall for a look at an artist’s rendering of the master plan.

He applauded the recreation board for wanting to give residents the opportunity to participate in the naming of the new park.

“Our residents should have an opportunity to be a part of it,” Straebel said. “We’re looking for anything that reflects the tradition and history of the area.”

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