Hall County Parks & Leisure wants children to help name a turtle sculpture that will serve as a mascot for the parks system. It will rotate among the county’s community centers, where those ages 4 to 12 can submit name suggestion cards.
The turtle has six different scenes painted on its shell depicting scenery and activities at Hall County parks.
“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, in a news release. “He’s the perfect representative to help raise awareness for things like wildlife preservation, the promotion of greenspace and our parks’ policies and procedures.”
Local student Edgar Esquivel painted the turtle.
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 winner of the contest will receive a special prize and recognition for suggesting the perfect name for the turtle,” Ruffner said.
The turtle will be at the North Hall Community Center from March 5-16, Mulberry Creek Community Center from March 19-30 and the East Hall Community Center from April 2-13.
Compiled by Clark Leonard