Boneyard Creek Improvements Project named Boneyard River Walk

By Fatima Farha

The park created by the Boneyard Creek Improvements Project in Urbana has been named Boneyard River Walk after a vote by a select jury and the public.

Pauline Tannos, Urbana public arts coordinator, said the process began by placing boxes in public institutions where people could put in name suggestions. The city also posted an online survey. 

A total of 98 submissions were made, Tannos said, four of which had to be removed because they were offensive. The select jury, which included Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, chose three finalists: Boneyard River Walk, Boneyard Creek Walk and Boneyard Creek Park. 

After a public vote, Boneyard River Walk won with 46 percent of the votes.

The Urbana Community Development Services Staff held the naming contest as part of the Boneyard Creek Improvements Project, said Brandon Boys, economic development manager.

“The contest process came from the potential to have a celebration event for Boneyard improvement area on April 11,” Boys said. “We wanted this to be the full reveal of the part when the weather is better and the landscape is grown and completed and projects will be completed.”

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Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Boneyard Creek was renamed Boneyard River Walk. The article should have stated that the Boneyard Improvements Project was renamed Boneyard River Walk. The Daily Illini regrets the error.