Contest (with Prizes!): Name the Washington Square Park Mobile Map Of the Park’s Trees, Buried Minetta Creek & More! Deadline Friday Midnight!

Update: Deadline extended to Monday, December 15th, 11:59 p.m.

You may remember our campaign to raise money to put together a mobile map of Washington Square Park trees, underground Minetta Creek, and more. Read here for a refresher! Now that map needs a catchy name. Washington Square Park Blog is one of the judges. Submit your idea by Friday night, December 12th, at 11:59 p.m. Send your idea via email to:


Day Lillies at the Park
Day Lillies at the Park

CONTEST – Name the Washington Square Park mobile map!:

Washington Square Park Ecology (WSP Ecology) is an environmental initiative to celebrate the wild things in the park. WSP Ecology’s first project is a mobile map of the trees, the historic flow and contemporary route of the channelized Minetta Brook/Creek, and the other environmental assets in the park such as nesting boxes.

Local Ecology partnered with Washington Square Park Blog to raise money to hire a map developer. Thirty five donors gave $3,050 to the campaign which was hosted on

The mobile map needs a name! Email your name suggestion by Friday, December 12th at 11:59 pm EST (just before midnight!). The names will be reviewed by Local Ecology, Casey Brown, two donors, and Washington Square Park Blog.

The winning name will be announced on Friday, December 21, 2014 – Winter Solstice.

The winner will receive two books! One copy each of Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City by Leslie Day c/o The John Hopkins University Press and New York City Trees by Edward Sibley Bernard c/o Columbia University Press.

P.S. The mobile map was created by GIS and web designer Casey Brown. The tree data is derived from historic and contemporary tree surveys of Washington Square Park commissioned by the NYC Parks and Recreation Department. Creek data was generously provided by Steve Duncan of

Send your idea in an email to:

Photo: Hubert J. Steed

This short video will bring you up to speed on the project:

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A Note: WSP Blog had noted it would have an announcement today. That is a bit delayed. More to come on that! Blogging may slow down a bit for the rest of the month (or not).

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