Nearly two dozen people suggest “Ad Astra Center” as the name for the new recreation center being built as part of the Rock Chalk Park sports complex on the city's west side. But many others suggested names associated with the Kanza prairie, sunflowers or Jayhawks.
The city of Lawrence this week released the list of names that were submitted by members of the public through the city's website, along with some of the comments that came with them. City commissioners plan to decide on a name when they meet Tuesday.
All told, the city received 107 web entries for suggested names, but only 15 received multiple mentions. Ad Astra Center received 23 votes, followed by Kanza Center with 16 mentions.
The top 15 suggested names, and the number of mentions they received, include:
Ad Astra Center – 23
Kanza Center – 16
Rock Chalk Park or Rock Chalk Recreation Center – 11
OneLawrence – 10
Lawrence Sports Center or Lawrence Recreation Center – 7
Free State Center or Free State Park – 5
Freedom Center – 5
Bill Self Center or the Self Center – 3
Jayhawk Center – 3
Sunflower Sports Center or Sunflower Sports Arena – 3
West Lawrence Activity Center or West Lawrence Rec Center – 3
Kanza Rec Center – 2
Lawrence Recreation – 2
Naismith Center – 2
The Rock – 2