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Mar. 26, 2019
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Children invited to name park mascot

By Jane Harrison
He’s greenish and hard shelled, enameled with good outdoor fun, and appears both wild and welcoming. Who is he? He’s the no-name Park Turtle, mascot of Hall County Parks & Leisure.
The county parks department is looking to local children to come up with a moniker for its newest team member. Park turtle will make rounds at three Hall County Community Centers this month and next for kids to see him, pick up some free gifts and help come up with a name for the friendly reptilian sculpture.
The Name the Turtle contest is opened to children only, ages 4-12 years. In order to enter the contest, children and their families must enter in person at one of the community centers during the time the turtle is at the center. 
“The turtle represents the type of wildlife that our patrons might find in our parks,” said Becky Ruffner, marketing and public relations specialist with Hall County Parks & Leisure. “He’s the perfect representative to help raise awareness for things like wildlife preservation, the promotion of greenspace and our parks’ policies and procedures.”
The turtle was painted by local student Edgar Esquivel and has a brightly colored shell, which depicts scenery and activities at various Hall County parks. “This is a beautiful piece of public art, and we’d like the public’s help in providing him with a name,” said Ruffner.
The turtle will rotate between Hall County’s three community centers, where children can enter the contest via name suggestion cards and submission boxes. Name suggestions will be judged by a panel of parks professionals the week of April 16, with the winning name to be announced the week of April 23. The contest winner will receive a special prize, and recognition for suggesting the perfect name for the turtle.
Ruffner hopes the promotion will not only produce a unique name, but will also help more families discover community centers.      
Dates and locations for the turtle’s visit are: March 5-16 North Hall Community Center, 4175 Nopone Rd., Gainesville.; March 19-30, Mulberry Creek Community Center, 4491 JM Turk Rd., Flowery Branch; Apr. 2-13, East Hall Community Center, 3911 P. Davison Rd., Gainesville. 

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