Board votes Progress Point site to be called Seven Oaks Park
The recommendation for the name of the new park will be taken up by the City Commission next week
By Beth Kassab
The soon-to-be constructed new park at the corner of Orange Avenue and Denning Drive will be called Seven Oaks Park if the Winter Park City Commission follows the recommendation of an advisory board at next week’s meeting.
The name for the property known as Progress Point won out over other contenders in a public contest with 702 online votes cast. Seven Oaks Park received a clear majority — 485 votes — compared to 114 votes for Progress Point Park and 89 for Gateway Park, according to a city memorandum.
This week the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board voted to elevate Seven Oaks Park as its recommendation to the City Commission, which will meet on Wednesday.
Last year the city planted seven mature oak trees on the property acquired by the city to become a green refuge amid the highly developed Orange Avenue corridor and, one day, potentially serve as a sort of “greenway” to connect other nearby parks such as Mead Botanical Gardens and Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
A groundbreaking event to kick off construction is scheduled for April 13, according to the memo.