Monday, December 05, 2011

Like Naming Things? Name Our Regional Trail Network!

Are you good at naming things? Do you have a lot of pets, or kids, all with terrific names they've really grown into as dogs, or people?

Well, there's a contest happening to confer a name upon the network of bike/ped trails that snakes through the 9-county region.

The William Penn Foundation is working with DVRPC on a naming contest. Visit the contest website here for additional details. The contest ends on December 16th. The creator of the winning entry will receive $250 and the fame of having his or her name attached to our regional trail network.

Below is information from the William Penn Foundation about the contest:

Name Our Trail Network Contest

Our region's network of trails needs a name. We need your help!

Submit your best ideas to The entry selected by our jury will receive a $250 cash prize!

Greater Philadelphia's developing system of trails has energized communities across the region, with each new segment connecting more neighborhoods and residents. This network - which includes the Schuylkill River Trail, Cooper River Trail, East Coast Greenway and several others - represents a potential world-class amenity, reaching from the heart of downtown Philly and Camden into the surrounding counties and communities.

The trail system needs a unifying name to increase its visibility and reinforce the connections that exist between neighborhoods, businesses, jobs and recreation opportunities across the region without relying on a car. The William Penn Foundation and a group of local partners have organized a contest to create this important identity. Help us name Greater Philadelphia's trail network and you could win $250 - and the pride of knowing you created the name for one of our region's coolest amenities!

Submit your best ideas for a name that captures the potential of our connected network to The winning name, selected by the jury, will be announced in early January and the winner will receive a $250 cash prize. Name ideas should:
  • Reflect the entire trails region of southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
  • Respect existing trail names. An ideal name will complement and be used in tandem with existing trail names, such as as the Schuylkill River Trail and Cooper River Trail.
  • Promote the many benefits and experiences the trails provide, including transportation, recreation, accessibility and exploration.
  • Focus on the future and avoid over-used colonial imagery and historical clich├ęs.
Please send your name ideas to no later than midnight EST on December 16, 2011. In your entry, please include:
  • Suggested name for the Regional Trail Network
  • A reason for the suggested name (no more than 150 words)
  • Your Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email
Please visit for additional information, trail system name examples and complete contest rules.