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Weekend Fun: This Park Puts the K in Quality

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Near our old home in the Fort Worth, Texas area was this city park in Southlake. The sign always made me do a double take when driving by… Koalaty Park. WTF?

The spelling (which I'm sure is intentional… for some reason) will make any kwality professional kringe kuietly.  I haven't been able to find out anything online about the origins of the park's name. I guess I could call the City of Southlake offices….

Why is the park's name spelled this way?

There is a local company called “Koalaty Cleaners” — I wonder if they sponsored the park?

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7 Comments
  1. Karen Martin says

    OK, so you got me Googling. Seems it’s an Australian version of the word quality – Koala + quality. Your local cleaner, Koalaty Cleaners, has a Koala in its logo. So I’ll bet they hail from down under. As for the owners’ possible connection to the park, my Googling yielded nada. Fun!

  2. Jeromy says

    I think it was Demming that said, “you can’t spell koalaty without koala.”

      1. Jeromy says

        Well have you seen how I spell my name? Seriously, who spells Jeremy with an O?

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