The Lewiston Youth Advisory Council is facilitating a naming contest for the newly established municipal athletic park on Bartlett Street in Lewiston — land previously occupied by Hudson Bus Lines.

The city is nearing completion of the park, and the City Council at its Nov. 16 meeting approved a naming rights program, authorizing the advisory council to publicly seek naming for the park and field/sledding hill through a contest and a naming rights sponsorship opportunity.

The advisory council will first focus on the park naming via a contest format. A contest submission form is at lewistonmaine.gov/parkcontest. A hard copy for printing, completion, and emailing or mailing can also be accessed at lewistonmaine.gov/parkcontestform.

A hard copy can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to LYAC c/o Administration, Lewiston City Hall, 27 Pine St., Lewiston, ME 04240.

The submission deadline is Thursday, Dec. 16.

The online and hard copy contest form requires a proposed name along with a brief narrative explaining why that name proposal should be selected.

Submissions will be reviewed by Lewiston staff and LYAC. Should there be multiple exemplary submissions, the top three will result in interviews being scheduled to acquire further information about each proposed suggestion.

The final name selected is subject to Lewiston City Council approval. Following the park contest, LYAC will seek a monetary sponsor for the naming of the park’s field/sledding hill.

LYAC Vice-Chair Keira Potvin, who presented the project to the City Council, said, “The naming contest enables the community to be engaged and hopefully enthusiastic about this new athletic offering in Lewiston,” according to a news release from the city.

LYAC member Nafisa Tasnia added, “Actually, the park naming contest provides an opportunity to make a bit of history here in Lewiston.”

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