Roseville parks with no names? No more

Half a year after Roseville sought the public’s help in naming its two newest parks, the parks have been given their city council-approved names.

The first, located at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and County Road B and the site of a Sept. 15 community planting of some 3,000 plants, is now called Midland Gardens Park.

The second, located near the intersection of Rice Street and Larpenteur Avenue at 1716 Marion St. in an area that desperately needed a safe place for kids to play, is now called Unity Park.

The council gave its unanimous blessings to the monikers at its Sept. 24 meeting.

Roseville Parks and Recreation Director Lonnie Brokke said it was a community effort to come up with the new names, with the city soliciting ideas through a number of channels.

Nancy O’Brien, chair of the city Parks and Recreation Commission, which was tasked with recommending names to the city council, said 59 suggestions came in for the Cleveland Avenue park, while 25 were received for the Marion Street spot.

Midland Gardens refers to both a place name that pops up in the area of southwest Roseville — Midland Hills Country Club, for instance — and the park’s location in a global sense, she said. A couple hundred yards up Cleveland Avenue is a marker noting that the 45th Parallel, the latitudinal midway line between the Equator and North Pole, runs right through Roseville.

Beyond that, O’Brien noted, what with the park’s recent pollinator-friendly planting, the place more than merits the “garden” title.

Unity Park speaks to the process through which the green space in Southwest Roseville came together, O’Brien said. A number of community organizations, churches and other groups, along with the city, joined forces to create the park, which is located near a number of apartment buildings that house people who are immigrants.

“And even if in 25 years that area changes a lot,” O’Brien said, “and we have high-rise condos or something in the area, we liked the marker there of remembering the community process that brought that into being.”

With the names now in place, there’s more community process to come. A community playground build at Unity Park is scheduled for Oct. 13.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the build, contact volunteer coordinator Rachel Boggs at 651-792-7028 or


—Mike Munzenrider

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