Visitor Engagement Manager
When it comes time to name a Metro Park, it’s no easy matter. There are so many things to consider — what trees grow there, what rivers or streams flow through it, what about the wildlife? Sometimes there is a nod to the local community in locations like Great Southern or even Scioto Grove. Sometimes names come quickly and easily. Quarry Trails just made sense!
When it came time to name the Hoover Y property purchased from the YMCA in 2020, it was not quite so simple. For the last two years we have debated what name to choose. Should it be Big Belly? Or maybe we call it River Bend? One thing was certain, we didn’t want anything with Woods or Scioto in the name. We have plenty of those.
In the end, we have chosen Bank Run Metro Park for this new property set to open soon. Bank run is actually the type of rock taken from the quarry on this property. It is essentially the unscreened rock and gravel taken from the riverbanks. It is used as the foundation under the foundation and the very beginning of many construction projects. The name Bank Run also makes sense as this is not going to be a typical Metro Park. The park will primarily be an event space and we expect to hold many 5K runs at this location along the banks of Big Walnut Creek. And, the best part of the name Bank Run Metro Park… it doesn’t have Woods or Scioto in the name!