San Jose community narrows down new name contenders for Columbus Park

Photo courtesy of the City of San Jose.

The process to rename San Jose’s Columbus Park continues, and the city wants your input. The Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhoods is seeking the community’s participation in the third and final round of surveys.

Five potential names prevailed in the second round of rank-surveys that the public can now vote on:

A.P. Gianni Park

San Jose native who was an Italian American banker who founded the Bank of Italy (now Bank of America) in 1904 and revolutionized the banking industry with a commitment to serving previously underserved members of the community

Janet Gray Hayes Park

San Jose resident who became the first female mayor of San Jose during the 1970s and 80s

Muwekma Ohlone Park

References the Muwekma Ohlone tribe that live and/or lived on/near the modern-day Santa Clara Valley

Taylor Street Park

References adjacent Taylor Street, which is believed to be named after Methodist Bishop Alfred Taylor Howard who was from the Midwestern U.S. and who embarked on missionary services in Africa and Asia in the 1890s through the 1920s.

Walnut Street Park

References adjacent Walnut Street, which is believed to be named after the walnut orchards that used to be a common feature in San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley prior to the rapid growth of the City during the 1950s and 60s.

The survey is available in English and Spanish until August 14: You can find all previous survey results here.

Following the final survey results, the Parks and Rec Committee will consider the top-ranked choices and make a recommendation to the San Jose City Council, who will make the final decision on Columbus Park’s new name.

In an initial survey in April, 75 percent of participants in voted to rename the park.