Ever wonder how parks, greenways, and other Town facilities are named? At its most recent meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved an updated naming policy that guides the process of establishing names. The Council also approved names for four greenways in Town.
“Established names are helpful as we develop wayfinding signs and install mile markers,” said Parks & Recreation Director LeeAnn Plumer. “We want to ensure signage includes proper names to help people understand where they are in the network and for public safety location identification purposes.”
The greenway names established at the meeting include:
- Utley Creek Greenway, which includes the portion set to open in November that connects the western and central portions of Holly Springs via an existing tunnel under N.C. 55. As the greenway is extended to the Holly Glen neighborhood, the greenway will retain its name.
- Oak Leaf Greenway is now the official greenway that currently runs through the Twelve Oaks neighborhood. The greenway will extend beyond the neighborhood as that area of town continues to develop. With the nearby Oakview Elementary School and Oakview Innovation business park, the Oak Leaf Greenway name helps to identify its location within this area of town.
- Middle Creek Greenway, which was temporarily referred to as the Arbor Creek / Middle Creek Greenway, will connect with Sunset Lake and Holly Springs roads, nearby neighborhoods, and Apex’s Middle Creek Greenway, forming a regional connector.
- Also, the segment of greenway connecting the Morgan Park neighborhood with the Utley Creek Greenway is now officially named the Morgan Park Greenway Connector.
The updated naming policy seeks to ensure names established for all Town-owned facilities are consistent with Town values and enhance a sense of community. The new policy does not change any existing park or facility names and establishes categories for consistent naming: geographic or location; indigenous, cultural, or historic reference; native flora or fauna, or natural feature; a significant financial or personal contribution over many years by an individual, family, or organization; businesses, pursuant to naming rights terms; and other factors supported by the Town Council.
While temporary names may be used during property acquisition and development, when possible, a permanent name would be identified prior to Council awarding a construction contract.
Also at the meeting, the council established a parks and recreation fees and charges policy based on a community benefit model and basis for cost recovery targets.