Parkway North is now Celebrate Life Parkway
by Celia Shortt
The road leading to Newnan’s Cancer Treatment Centers of America has a new name, as Parkway North was officially re-named Celebrate Life Parkway on Thursday.
CTCA and Newnan city officials marked this day with a short ceremony, prayer, and then by changing the sign at the corner of Bullsboro and the former Parkway North.
“Bless the patients who turn on this road for the first time or 100th time,” prayed the Rev. Chip Gordon, director of pastoral care at CTCA. “Help them feel peace and hope as they drive on it.”
For Newnan City Councilmember and Mayor Pro-Tem Cynthia Jenkins, this renaming not only recognizes a great partner with Newnan, but it also helped her honor her sister’s memory.
“My sister died of cancer in 2003,” said Jenkins. “Today is her birthday. It’s great to do something positive today.”
Jenkins hopes the new street name of Celebrate Life will help those who may be struggling with fear after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
“I hope it brings hope instead of fear to people who drive down this road,” she said. “There isn’t anyone who has had that cancer diagnosis and not been scared.”
Michael Schriks, assistant vice president of general services at CTCA, hopes this name change helps encourage everyone, not just patients.
“Working with the city and changing the name (to Celebrate Life Parkway) is a gentle reminder of that everyday to everyone who drives on it,” he said. “It’s inspirational and hope for our patients and visitors. Celebrate life is applicable to every person.”
CTCA patients were also excited about the name change and what it provides to them, other patients, and visitors.
“Whether this is the first thing people see or the hundredth thing people see, this is what CTCA is all about, celebrating life,” said CTCA patient Cissy Hass at the ceremony. “The two words just personify hope.”
“I’m excited for the hospital itself,” said RuPearl Sharpe, another CTCA patient. “Celebrate life is so appropriate because that is what they do here.”
CTCA first requested the name change at the March 14 Newnan City Council meeting. Since the meeting, staff contacted the U.S. Postal Service, police department, fire department, Coweta E-911 and other affected agencies. They received no objections.
The postal service did request to keep the address of the Newnan Crossing Apartments 151 Parkway North, and allow that entrance road to become a private street of Parkway North. Staff also contacted the property owners with property adjoining Parkway North and received no objections from them.
In addition, CTCA had to receive approval from Coweta County as part of the road falls under its jurisdiction.