aerial view 14th and ilsand

Name the Park at 14th and Island – Name Suggestions Received

aerial view 14th and ilsandThanks to all who have submitted suggestions for the park at 14th between Island and J St. In a short period of time, we received an outpouring of submissions. Follow this link for additional information in regards to the park.

Below are the submissions that we received. Several people suggested the same name and provided their reasons for this selection.

The second meeting of the ad hoc committee will be Saturday, October 4th, 10am at the New Central Library (330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101) — ground floor Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center, behind the bookstore.  The purpose of this meeting is to offer an opportunity for anyone proposing a name to pitch their idea to the committee.  Group presentations are encouraged.

The ad hoc committee will forward a recommendation to the full DCPC at the regular meeting on October 15th. That recommendation will then go to the City.

If you have questions, contact DCPC Ad Hoc Committee Chair:  Bill Keller, bill@letravelstore.com

Have a different suggestion? Have a favorite? Fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Update 9/23 – We have received several duplicate suggestions and comments from the public which are now posted. We will continue to post public feedback as it comes in. Thanks to all who have provided feedback.

O.A.S.I.S.

Reason for This Name:

O – Open
A – Area
S – South of
I – Island
S – Service (Military)
Park A park dedicated to the service people of San Diego.

Wegeforth Garden

Reason for This Name: Is a simple name for a simple name honoring a great civic minded San Diegan. Harry Milton Wegeforth led the effort to create the San Diego and served as the Zoological Society’s president until his death in 1941.  He was physician and cared for San Diego’s sick, while always working to enhance San Diego’s institutions. He was also influential in bringing the Star of India to San diego.

At a time, when it seems hard to achieve civic goals in San Diego… Wegeforth serves as a role model showing that with dedication and inspiration San Diego can create the best institutions in the world, like the San Diego Zoo.

Carroll Commons Garden Park

Reason for This Name: Carroll Commons Garden Park pays homage to Father Joseph Carroll (San Diego’s Legendary “Fr. Joe”), who dedicated his life to improving the lot of San Diego most destitude and vulnerable people.  As shiny skyscrapers grow out of lots where homeless once slept and new urban “pioneers” brisk at the thought of encountering homeless people, a beautiful, safe green park dedicated to a man of humility might be a reminder to be compassionate and to love your neighbor, even if they sleep on the streets.  For nearly a generation, Fr. Joe was the brightest light in a then-hopeless part of downtown.  He inspired San Diegans from all communities to share and in the East Village worked all stakeholders for the common good.

The City Yard: Gardens & Green

Reason for This Name: For a generation, the front yards of suburban San Diegan’s homes in suburban communities were spaces for social interaction, recreation, and gardening.  The City Yard represents an evolution of the San Diego “yard” as a center of community pride and gathering in an urban setting.  By dropping the name “park” visitors are invited to view the space more creatively as a place they can take ownership of and enjoy- whether that’s reading a book in the cafe, laying out on green, or watching a youngster explore in the children’s area.
“Gardens & Green” represents the contemporary ideas of simplicity and play in words.  The wordplay with “green” could be: 1) a noun – the yard’s recreational lawn, 2) an adjective for the touch of “green” in the heart of the urban landscape, or 3) an embodiment of movement towards “green” living and sustainability.

Tranquility

Reason for This Name: looks peaceful, a respite from stuff around it.

The Bob (several submissions)

Reason for This Name: As a East Village visionary building owner, developer and community collaborator, Bob Sinclair is uniquely appropriate to be recognized as the namesake of this special park site. Bob Sinclair intuitively understood the rhythm and character of East Village as he collected and repurposed properties throughout East Village and Barrio Logan, infusing them with new purpose and energy. Cafe Moto, Panniken, Wonderbread and the Broomworks and several other structures,  remain to provided us the continuity and context that are now the rallying points for the understanding and resurgence of East Village and Barrio Logan.

Finally, Bob Sinclair, who passed away in 2013, taught a generation of urban San Diegans how to do business with community, culture and respect as central tenants . Bob Sinclair is uniquely qualified to recognized with this naming opportunity in a community he championed well in advance of those of us who enjoy it today.

The obvious name for this acknowledgement would be “Sinclair Park”, a fitting name.  The humble and simple manner of Bob Sinclair however, points us to consider a similarly simple and understated name such at “The Bob”.  It is a memorable, unexpected and inclusionary name, all characteristics of Bob Sinclair himself. Thank you for your serious consideration.

Comment by JB: I wish to withdraw my entry of Tranquility after learning of the outline of place (sense of location & history of area, catchy memorable name, etc.). I now fully embrace the BOB for the park as Bob Sinclair is & was the area. As you walk around east east village you see his touch everywhere whether The Broom Works or the Mission & Rosario Hall. The metal cutout over Mission Cafe cries out Bob Sinclair & I can see those kind of metal cutouts over the two entry walkways to the park as well as some history regarding his work in east village.

 

Comment by ddp: i vote for THE BOB

 

Comment by MH: The BOB. Is an awsome tribute to my step dad! Thanks!!

 

Comment by GJ: I vote for it to be named “The Bob”

 

Comment by MLL: I fully support the name “the Bob” for all the reasons cited previously!

 

Comment by DS: I would like to have the park named “The Bob.”

 

Comment by SW: The Bob is a great name for the new park.  Bob Sinclair changed the face of East Village.

 

Comment by BH: Thanks for including me in support of Bob Sinclair Park.  I honor all that he has done for the feeling of San Diego in his special way. I appreciate a hard working person that cared for individuals.

 

Comment by GrSt: The bob.  Bob Sinclair.  It’s easy.  Huge part of the east village fabric and transformation.  He was an early adopter of the community change.

 

Comment by GaSi: Being Bob’s wife I am biased of course but starting with being president of the Gas Lamp Quarter way back when it was mostly dives, working on the Trolley, the adaptive reuse of so many buildings in East Village, Bob was a daily influence on the area.  He knew street people and executives, worked for the Ballpark, the Library and always had pride of ownership.  There would not be so many old  buildings to give character to downtown if it wasn’t for people like Bob. He bought where most people were afraid to go, did business in  those areas, and won orchids for his rehabs.  He was eccentric and smart but saved buildings not for financial gain but because they needed to be saved.  I like the name “The Bob” because it is catchy and I think he would be really proud to be recognized this way.  Thank you

 

Comment by DC: Name the East Village Park after Bob Sinclair: THE BOB

 

Comment by JJ: The Bob!

 

Comment by JMC: My first job was working at The Pannikin and with Bob Sinclair and his family.  I concur with the comments above and include my support for the naming of the area as “The Bob”.

 

Comment by VG: I believe the park at 14th and Island should be named….  The Bob

 

Comment by CL: I agree with The Bob as Bob Sinclair truly represents the pioneering, creative, visionary spirit of the East Village. As a 30 year East Village resident and homeowner who also works at San Diego City College I believe Sinclair Park or The Bob showcases the urban energy, innovation and passion that made our neighborhood what it is today. What a role model for future generations. He was a legend!

 

Comment by ndp: THE BOB

 

Comment by SH: I support “THE BOB”. Without the impact Bob Sinclair made on East Village, many of us would not have even ventured into East Village, let alone actually establish businesses here.

 

Comment by SK: I believe the name “THE BOB” is incredibly appropriate for this space, considering Bob Sinclair’s impact on the area. The name itself is in line with Sinclair’s tongue-in-cheek style, and his family would be grateful for that legacy living on. “THE BOB” is also fun and memorable, which is a smart choice for helping activate the space through word of mouth. “Meet me at The Bob!” PLEASE strongly consider this name.

 

Comment by MM: I VOTE FOR “THE BOB”!!

 

Comment by WGM: The Bob ……Naming it after Bob Sinclair would be perfect.

 

Comment by LT: I vote for THE BOB!

 

Comment by DS: The Bob is perfect!  Let’s recognize a guy who has done a lot with no thought of fame

 

Comment by GD: The Bob is a perfect name to memorialize someone who so quietly did so much!

 

Comment by bb: I think Bob Sinclair deserves his name on that park. I like THE BOB!!!
Comment by RT: Definitely should be named for Bob Sinclair, “The Bob”! He is greatly missed by many, and has left a lasting positive impact on the East Village. Father Joe has done wonderful things for countless under privileged, and homeless individuals, but his impact on the East Village is debatable. Also he is still alive, and has permanent presence established. It is “The Bob”

 

Comment by ST: Please name the park after Bob Sinclair, who added so much to the city of San Diego with his development for decades.

 

Comment by NP: My vote is for Bob Sinclair; Bob Sinclair Park, Sinclair Park or The Bob.

 

Comment PP: I vote in naming the park in honor of Bob Sinclair. I like the idea of the park being named “Sinclair Park”, but would also be agreeable to it being named “The Bob”.

 

Comment by LO: BOB all the way!

 

Comment by LM: Oh wow, I vote for THE BOB! Bob Sinclair was a real treasure to San Diego, and his positive influence was felt in many of its neighborhoods. He gave me my first job way back in 1985 and so many wonderful memories in years that followed. Thank you for taking the time to ask the community for feedback!

 

Comment by CKW: The Bob, Bob Sinclair, A true leader helping change East Village

 

Comment by DMJ: I vote for The Bob! What a great way to honor a man who did so much for progress and the creation of community in that area.

 

Comment by JW: Please list me as one who supports the name “THE BOB”. Bob Sinclair was a trend setter in how to communicate with the wide and various factions of inner city relationships. This would be a fitting tribute.

 

Comment by SD: The Bob all the way

 

Comment by BS: I have also suggested the park be named “Sinclair Park” to honor the memory of Bob Sinclair.  This would be a fine tribute to an early visionary in East Village.  While “The Bob” may seem catchy, it will turn into “Bob Park” (with people who did not know him asking “Bob who?” or worse.

 

Comment by KS: The park should have the name that goes with what the area is and was. THE BOB Park.

 

Comment by RQ: Got to be “The Bob”!  Sounds like it came out of the grit and history of the community as opposed to a donor or honorary tribute.  Only a block from Bob’s last hang out as well.

 

 

Marston Park

Reason for This Name:   George Marston did so much for our great city, but unfortunately he has remained relatively unknown due to his humility. I think it is time to properly honor him in the city that he spent so much time attempting to beautify and what better place to do this than a park.

Father Joe Carroll Park

Reason for This Name: For more than 30 years, Father Joe Carroll has been a civic leader, role model, and a champion of San Diego’s vulnerable communities. His accomplishments are worthy of recognition, and serve as an important example for future generations of San Diegans. Over decades, Father Joe has raised millions of dollars to provide services, programs and housing for at-risk youth, homeless families and low-income residents. He has built Father Joe’s Villages into Southern California’s largest homeless service provider, and serves as a national model. At the time of his retirement, Father Joe’s Villages had 500 employees and a $40 million budget. He is a resident of East Village, and has worked in the neighborhood since the early 1980’s. Father Joe has been an important partner in the rebirth of East Village, and serves all in our community.

East Village Urban Reserve City Park

Reason for This Name: Thought it sounded appropriate.

Fault Line Park (several submissions)

Reason for This Name: This park is being built at this location because of the an active fault line contained within the site that precludes any development to be built over the fault.  The fault is the Rose Canyon Fault that runs along the coast of San Diego.

There is no other specific reasons as to why this location has been selected for this park.  This is a significant factor that should be considered when naming this park.  In this name the park carries a capacity to educate and inform the public about the tectonic factors that exist in downtown.  People will forever associate this location with the factors that helps to  define our community here in downtown.

In the Downtown Community Plan, this park is referred to as “Rose Park” which refers to Rose Canyon Fault.  While the specific use of the word “Rose” refers directly to the actual fault, it is possible that many people might see the name “Rose” and assume that the park is primarily a park full of roses and completely overlook the geological significance of the site.

Reason for This Name: Because fault line is why park and its design exist.

Shady Green

Reason for This Name: Shade and green are some of the most liked traits of downtown workers and residents. From the designs, this park has both, so let’s show it off.

If the park doesn’t live up to its designs and instead becomes an arid hangout for the destitute, “Shady Green” still works ironically.

Sputnik

Reason for This Name: Unique. Attractive. Unforgettable. Unlimited possibilities!

The Promenade Park

Reason for This Name: The definition of a promenade means a public area set aside as a pedestrian walk.  Because 14th Street from City Collage to the Ball Park is the designated promenade blocks for Downtown and East Village, naming the park at the Pinnacle The Promenade Park will be easily identifiable to all and will be the center piece of the  promenade blocks.

East Village Outpost.

Reason for This Name: Proposed name “East Village Outpost” incorporates specific city location ‘East Village’ and like San Diego, is influenced by both military and civilian use of space and in this case a terms that allude to our military heritage.

Outpost is a reference to an outlying frontier – similar to the new park’s location and spirit. Outpost includes the word OUT which may connect the idea of outdoors, outside and recreation in addition to POST – more stable, supportive and generally a public place.

The use of a name without the word ‘park’ frees up the space for artistic interpretation and remains consistent with the EV’s artsy urban village feel.

Pirates Cove

Reason for This Name: The name suggests the history of the area going back to the Spanish-American and Mexican-American wars and the Chinese and Russian expeditions to the San Diego area in pre-California times and the completion of the United States, states. It also fits with the foreign immigration of the last 200 years in the area and the military presence and maritime industry.

Idea Park

Reason for This Name: Name it after the new Idea District. :)  After all, the park is a GREAT IDEA!  :)

Tectonic Park

Reason for This Name: The idea behind the fault line is unique to San Diego and this park. With the new IDEA district and revamping of the East Village, the area will be home to innovations in technology + design. This park will encourage interaction between the community and can create a statement in our city. The process of tectonics is what CREATES the fault line. The word FAULT means: an unattractive or unsatisfactory feature, a deceit in a piece of machinery, a dangerous habit, an accident or misfortune. Those words are going to be what kids think of first when hearing the name, and this park is definitely not an accident or an unattractive feature. The word tectonic is similar to technology-and who’s to say this park can’t have interactive elements in the future? The spelling is up for discussion, but overall I believe there are better options out there. Thank you, Mariam Bier
Suggested Name for Park: TECTONIC PARK

Shakers Park (“Shakers” for short)

Reason for This Name: This park is being built at this location because of the an active fault line contained within the site that precludes any development to be built over the fault.  The fault is the Rose Canyon Fault that runs along the coast of San Diego.  Many people have thought of the name “Fault Like Park” is appropriate, but perhaps it needs to be more catchy — something that sticks.  “meet me at Shakers!”

There is no other specific reasons as to why this location has been selected for this park.  This is a significant factor that should be considered when naming this park.  In this name the park carries a capacity to educate and inform the public about the tectonic factors that exist in downtown.  People will forever associate this location with the factors that helps to  define our community here in downtown.

In the Downtown Community Plan, this park is referred to as “Rose Park” which refers to Rose Canyon Fault.  While the specific use of the word “Rose” refers directly to the actual fault, it is possible that many people might see the name “Rose” and assume that the park is primarily a park full of roses and completely overlook the geological significance of the site.

Shakers!

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