Official Rules:

​All current and former Milton residents are invited to submit a 500-word essay explaining the significance of their chosen name and why it should be selected. The essays will be judged by Milton Times Publisher Pat Desmond, Superintendent of Schools Mary Gormley, and former Selectman Tom Hurley. A sign with the winning name will be installed at the new playground and unveiled at the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Entries should be emailed to with “Essay Contest” in the subject line by Monday, May 15, 2017 and need to include the writer’s name, address, phone number, and date of birth. One submission is allowed per person. 

The Fine Print:

Per our arrangement with the town of Milton, it is our intention and understanding that all naming rights are in perpetuity, but that the town may change the terms down the road as needed and we are not liable but will do our best to honor the winner’s intent.

The Shields Park playground renovation is nearing completion, but a key element of the playground is missing: its name! An anonymous donor has acquired naming rights to the new playground, but asked the Milton Playground Planners to turn that privilege over to the public through an essay contest.

Name the Playground Essay Contest