2 names for plaza emerge from historical commission
EVERETT - The City Council will have two names to consider for the new downtown plaza.
The city’s historical commission recommended naming it either Theatre Plaza or Wetmore Theatre Plaza at its meeting last week. The commission forwarded the names to the City Council, which will discuss the naming of the plaza later this year. The council has the final say and isn’t limited to those two names.
The $2.4 million plaza sits on a quarter-block site next to the Everett Performing Arts Center on Wetmore Avenue. The plaza opened last month.
People have said they want the name to convey the plaza’s location and its connection to the two theaters nearby.
Commissioners leaned toward Wetmore Theatre Plaza to capture both desires. Commissioner Jim Staniford resurrected that name idea after commissioners worried at a prior meeting that the name was too long to fit on a sign.
“Wetmore Theatre Plaza designates it and won’t confuse people with the Historic Everett Theatre on Colby,” Staniford said.
Wetmore Plaza acknowledges one of Everett’s founding fathers, Charles W. Wetmore, while signifying what street it’s on, other commissioners said.
Commissioner Dave Ramstad pushed for Wetmore Plaza.
“It helps locate the geography,” Ramstad said last week. “We want people to be able to come off (Interstate 5) and go right downtown.”
Commissioner Gary Meisner disagreed. Wetmore Avenue is five miles long, and the plaza hardly helps people locate it, Meisner said.
Commission chair Neil Anderson said the two choices were like “a flip of the coin” to him.
Anderson suggested naming the plaza after Everett-born entertainer Stan Boreson and thought adding a statue with Boreson’s signature accordion would be a nice touch.
The city asked the public for name suggestions two months ago. Ideas included Moon Gate Plaza, Fountain Plaza and Center Stage Plaza.
Another suggestion was to name the plaza after the International Workers of the World, the Wobblies. Everett’s burgeoning history is intertwined with labor battles, one of which led to the Everett Massacre of 1916.
The parks board last month suggested naming it Theatre Plaza or Wetmore Plaza.
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