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Purple mountain majesties Last week, City Council obliterated the name "Confluence Park," opting to rename the 8-month-old expanse of downtown greenery sandwiched between the highway, the train tracks and the power plant "America the Beautiful Park." Two days after the new name was announced, plenty of people were enjoying what previously had been a nearly empty park. (For more, check out this week's cover story beginning on page 16.)

click to enlarge Amber Watkins -  - Downtown -  - Nurse -  - Is this park aptly named? Well, that sounds a - little corny. I'm patriotic and everything, too, but this was - part of the Confluence Park vision. And I don't actually - happen to see a really big American flag anywhere in - sight. -  - What would you have named it? What, - "Confluence Park" was no longer appropriate? Was there - a reason to change it? As long as it wasn't "Bush." -  - How often do you come here? We've come here - every day for the last week. -  - What do you think of the location? I think it - was a fabulous use of some land that probably would - just have been an industrial parking lot otherwise.
  • Amber Watkins

    Downtown

    Nurse

    Is this park aptly named? Well, that sounds a little corny. I'm patriotic and everything, too, but this was part of the Confluence Park vision. And I don't actually happen to see a really big American flag anywhere in sight.

    What would you have named it? What, "Confluence Park" was no longer appropriate? Was there a reason to change it? As long as it wasn't "Bush."

    How often do you come here? We've come here every day for the last week.

    What do you think of the location? I think it was a fabulous use of some land that probably would just have been an industrial parking lot otherwise.

click to enlarge Don Ferderer -  - Downtown -  - Car salesman -  - Is this park aptly named? Yeah, I think so. -  - How often do you come here? Quite often. We - like this park as a family. The toys are a lot better. It's a - lot quieter. It's not as busy as Acacia. -  - Is it usually pretty busy here? No, actually it's - quite quiet. -  - What's your favorite city park? So far, it's been - this one.
  • Don Ferderer

    Downtown

    Car salesman

    Is this park aptly named? Yeah, I think so.

    How often do you come here? Quite often. We like this park as a family. The toys are a lot better. It's a lot quieter. It's not as busy as Acacia.

    Is it usually pretty busy here? No, actually it's quite quiet.

    What's your favorite city park? So far, it's been this one.

click to enlarge Crystal Taylor -  - Downtown -  - Works with kids at the Junior Academy -  - Is this park aptly named? It's the cleanest park - I've seen around here. The kids seem to really enjoy it - and it's in a great location, so I think that's a good name. -  - How often do you come here? This is actually - my third time. -  - What's your favorite city park? I think it would - be here. I've been to a lot of parks with the Junior - Academy because we take the kids out a lot. This is a - nice one, and it's very clean, plenty of room for you to sit - down, have lunch, not worry about what the kids are - going to find on the ground.
  • Crystal Taylor

    Downtown

    Works with kids at the Junior Academy

    Is this park aptly named? It's the cleanest park I've seen around here. The kids seem to really enjoy it and it's in a great location, so I think that's a good name.

    How often do you come here? This is actually my third time.

    What's your favorite city park? I think it would be here. I've been to a lot of parks with the Junior Academy because we take the kids out a lot. This is a nice one, and it's very clean, plenty of room for you to sit down, have lunch, not worry about what the kids are going to find on the ground.

click to enlarge Kelly Morand -  - Woodland Park -  - Veterinarian -  - Is this park aptly named? It's a nice name. It - just seems a little long for a park. -  - What would you have named it? Makepeace - Park. I kind of liked the idea when someone had - mentioned naming it after Mayor Makepeace. She'd - worked so hard to get everything going. -  - How often do you come here? At least once a - week. -  - What's your favorite city park? I think this one, - now.
  • Kelly Morand

    Woodland Park

    Veterinarian

    Is this park aptly named? It's a nice name. It just seems a little long for a park.

    What would you have named it? Makepeace Park. I kind of liked the idea when someone had mentioned naming it after Mayor Makepeace. She'd worked so hard to get everything going.

    How often do you come here? At least once a week.

    What's your favorite city park? I think this one, now.

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