Drew Nielsen park name proposal public hearing April 23
EVERETT - A proposal to rename Northwest Neighborhood Park after late Councilman Drew Nielsen is expected to come before the City Council May 15.
The proposal renames the park the Drew Nielsen Neighborhood Park. The proposal is being considered now because the city’s naming policy requires a person to be dead for at least one year.
The public can weigh in at a public hearing scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at City Hall, 2930 Wetmore Ave., and again at the May 15 City Council meeting.
Nielsen, who died May 12 in a rafting accident, led neighborhood efforts to save the park from Providence Regional Medical Center’s expansion plans and helped build the gazebo there.
More than 70 neighbors and Nielsen’s friends petitioned to rename the park last summer.
The park proposal is the first name proposal to go through a new streamlined process that requires only one public hearing. The previous process to name the city’s downtown plaza went through four separate public hearings. (The plaza was named the Wetmore Theatre Plaza.)
The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at 3002 Wetmore Ave.
Comments on the Drew Nielsen proposal may also be submitted in writing to the Department of Planning and Community Development, 2930 Wetmore Ave., Suite 8A, Everett, WA 98201, or by e-mail to Jan Meston at Jmeston@ci.everett.wa.us. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, April 22.
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