Mono council seeks name for parkette area

August 25, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By James Matthews, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Mono council will establish a committee to determine a suitable name for a parkland area completed last year.

Past practice has been to invite name suggestions from residents by way of contests. Simply, the best agreed upon moniker won the contest.

Such was the case for the parkland in Devonleigh Estates, which is now known as Madill Meadows, for the parkland in Cardinal Woods Estates, which is now known as Mono College Park, and for the parkland in Island Lake Estates, now known as Island Lake Family Park.

“We felt that the name ‘Family’ allowed for some cohesiveness and the feeling of family,” said Kim Heaton, Mono’s director of recreation, of the park at Island Lake.

Mono’s newest parkette is located in the Brookfield Estates, and it was completed in fall 2021. Council heard during its Aug. 23 public meeting that the parkette hasn’t been named. It’s colloquially known as simply the Fieldstone Parkette.

But here’s the rub: Island Lake Family Park is close to the Island Lake Conservation Area and that’s caused confusion for residents and tourists as to which park is which.

While council considered launching a contest open to residents’ to name the parkette, Councillor Ralph Manktelow suggested a committee be formed to brainstorm a suitable moniker.

Confusion about the Island Lake Family Park and the conservation area has spread to social media as the park has been identified as a parking access point to Island Lake Conservation Area.

It’s created a false understanding that these two park lands are one in the same. “With the minimal number of parking spots available at Island Lake Family Park, housing additional parking for those wanting to access Island Lake Conservation Area has created parking challenges in this area for Mono,” Heaton wrote in an information item to council.

One of the strategies for clarifying this confusion is to rename Island Lake Family Park in the hopes to establish a separate identity from Island Lake Conservation Area.

“The timing for this renaming could not be better as it coincides with the anticipated completion of the redevelopment of the park in the fall of 2022,” Heaton said.

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