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Young cowboys and cowgirls entered 68 suggestions for western play area’s newest resident
Posted on July 29, 2020 at 2:37 PM by Becky Burnside
Thanks to all the young buckaroos who gave us entries for our name the horse contest!
In all, 68 suggestions were received for the new 1,500-pound nearly life-sized concrete statue of a horse which was installed at Dodge Town earlier this year. You’ll recall that in our last newsletter, kids under 12 were asked to suggest names by July 26
The names varied from Horseradish to Jupiter, to Peaches, to Horsey McHorseFace, to Sparkles, to Cinnamon. Some entries referred to Kansas places and ideas like Astra, Merriam, JoCo, and Konza. Others referred to cowboys and other western figures like Matt Dillon, Maverick, as well as the more generic Sheriff, Marshall, Colonial, and Yee-Haw! Still others referenced famous horses of the past, including Mr. Ed, to Bullseye, to Spirit. A number of entries were duplicates.
JCPRD staff narrowed the list to five, and now y
on these final na
mes, until midnight on Sunday, Aug. 16.
A winner of the naming contest will receive a pizza party for up to 10 children at Dodge Town featuring Park Police Officer Seth Salmans, who will portray the marshal of Dodge Town, including deputizing participants and being available for photos. Salmans previously portrayed the marshal character during the well-received April 2018 rededication of Dodge Town.
With just 44 acres, Antioch Park opened in 1958 and is JCPRD’s oldest park. The much-loved Dodge Town play area was originally built in 1967, and has been rebuilt three times. Countless children have enjoyed exploring the western town. The newest makeover involved removal and replacement of all the buildings, decking, and mulch. They were replaced with new versions the buildings, including the schoolhouse, bank, pony express, city hall with a clock tower, general store, and blacksmith shop. New additions included the pour-in-place safety surface between the buildings, a train station complete with a shaded seating area for parents, and a stationary train play element.
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