What’s in a name? Johns Creek adopts policy

Johns Creek parks and other local landmarks could be given names reflecting community values and character, local history, geography, the environment, civics and community service – and ordinarily not for someone yet living – under a naming policy approved recently by the City Council.

An exception is given for a living individual “whose contributions or significant gift is of a most exceptional nature,” the policy says. Significant funding also could be taken into consideration, as could deed restrictions for parks and facilities donated to the city.

The policy seeks to establish “a systematic and consistent approach for the naming and renaming of parks, recreational areas, streets/roads and facilities owned and/or operated by the city of Johns Creek.” A request would be reviewed by a facilities manager, forwarded to the city manager and, if deemed worthy, recommended to the mayor and City Council. Opportunities would be provided for public input and comment.