County Manager Jerry Cooper made the announcements of the new names: Paradise the pelican for the mascot and “The Oasis” for the outdoor leisure pool.
The names were submitted by the student council at Mountain Road Elementary School in Woodstock.
Ten elementary and middle schools around the county tried their hand at picking the name for the mascot as well as the much-anticipated center’s outdoor leisure pool in the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Association’s Take the Plunge challenge, Cooper said.
CRPA Director Bryan Reynolds said his office approached the county’s school district in the fall to help them in choosing the names.
“We wanted to target our elementary and middle school kids,” Reynolds said, because they were the target audience for the outdoor leisure pool.
Brenda Hall, Mountain Road Elementary counselor and an advisor to the student council, agreed Thursday that CRPA had the right idea with getting the kids’ input. “Who is going to that pool but all the kids,” she said.
Hall said the 26-member student council had a “brainstorming session” to flesh out their submissions and finally came up with three sets of names. They eliminated the two other name sets with a vote.
Reynolds said when his staff reviewed the 10 entries, they felt the name “’Paradise’ the Pelican” was a good fit, as the name “The Oasis” was and captured the mood they had for the pool: “a place of safety and happiness in difficult and troubled times.”
The CRPA worked with Canton graphic design company, Chandler Graphics, to create the mascot’s logo, which shows the bird with an excited, gaping grin, clearly ready to take its own “plunge” in the newly christened “Oasis.”
Representatives from Mountain Rock Elementary’s student council attended Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting to receive their rousing congratulations from the commission members.
Reynolds said Thursday that all 26 members of Mountain Rock Elementary’s student council will be awarded with a three-month free pass to the center, which is scheduled to be open for business in early May.