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The pocket park at Quechee Main Street and Waterman Hill Road in Quechee, Vt., on April 24, 2018. (Valley News – Carly Geraci) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

After the Quechee Pocket Park opened this past spring, it was missing only one thing: a name. So the Hartford Selectboard put out a call for submissions last month (I suggested Parky McParkface, obviously) and now, thanks to the agenda notes for tonight’s board meeting, we know what everyone suggested!

According to those notes, the town received a total of 64 submissions, including 57 unique entries. (You had to be a Hartford resident to enter, but the residence of the folks who submitted these entries has not been verified.) They are listed below.

If a name is followed by parentheses, that shows how many people suggested that name. An asterisk indicates that an explanation of the name was included. 

• A Peace of Paradise*
• Capron Corner*
• Commons
• Crystal Park*
• Fallsbridge Park
• Franks Place*
• Glass Blowers Park
• Goodnight Irene
• Hartford’s Folly*
• Homer St. Francis*
• Irene Park
• Irene’s Overlook*
• Irene’s Park*
• James J. vonGal Memorial Park*
• la poche du fromage*
• Leaf Peeper Park
• Leo Park
• Loom and Spindle Park*
• Mill Girl’s Park*
• Mill Parq
• Mill Terraces Park*
• Mill View Parq
• Mills Falls Park*
• Misty Falls Park
• Old Mill (Pocket) Park*
• Old Mill Park*
• Old Mill Terraces Park*
• Overlook Park
• Park at River Quechee (PARQ)
• Quechee Cove Park
• Quechee Deep Pocket(s) Park
• Quechee Falls (2)
• Quechee Falls Landing
• Quechee Falls Overlook
• Quechee Falls Park (7)*
• Quechee Village Green*
• Quechee’s Peace of Paradise*
• Serenity Falls Park
• Serenity Park*
• Shoddy Park*
• That Dam Park*
• The Dave Matthews Band Park
• The Falls Park
• The John Davidson Memorial Park*
• The Little Park at Quechee Falls
• The Park at Mill Falls*
• The Park at Quechee Falls
• The Parq
• The Q Overlook
• The Quechee Covered Bridge Park
• The Quechee Falls Park
• Tranquility Park
• Tranquility Trees
• Veterans Park
• Waterfall Way
• WaterLight Park
• Waterside

The next steps, according to the agenda, are for the Selectboard to pick a name and notify the winner (holding a drawing if the winning entry was submitted multiple times). Then a sign will be ordered and installed.

Of course, as you’ll remember, the park was built on the site of a building that was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Area residents were long eager to see the former eyesore turned into a community asset, but uncertainty about what to put on the site, combined with complications arising from the use of FEMA funds, delayed the project for years.