City residents are invited to vote on finalists for new names for Emancipation Park & Justice Park

The City of Charlottesville has launched a new survey to collect input from Charlottesville residents on new names proposed for Emancipation Park & Justice Park.

Charlottesville City Council has decided to consider new names for the downtown parks initially renamed in June 2017. Council will select a new name for Emancipation Park (formerly Lee Park) and determine whether to keep the name Justice Park (formerly Jackson Park) or select a new name. The park name options were narrowed down by Council in April 2018 after an initial community survey and public hearing.

The new survey for city residents includes 4 names for Emancipation Park and 3 names for Justice Park. City Council will also consider write-in suggestions for both parks, however, the names Lee Park, Jackson Park, and Emancipation Park will not be considered.

Finalists for Emancipation Park:

·     Central Park

·     Library Park

·     Market Street Park

·     Swanson Legacy Park*

* Swanson Legacy Park was a write-in suggestion from our previous survey. The name honors Gregory H. Swanson, the first African-American admitted to the University of Virginia (1950).

Finalists for Justice Park:

·     Court Square Park

·     Courthouse Park

·     Justice Park

The survey can be completed online, on paper in the City Manager’s office or via telephone. Copies will also be distributed in the June utility bills.

Voicemail survey line: (434) 970-3109

This survey will be open from May 4 to June 30, 2018. Council is expected to make a decision on the park names in July.