Plaza named for Hazel Miller Foundation namesake

  • Tue Feb 14th, 2012 6:53pm

By Mina Williams Herald writer

EDMONDS — The city’s newest park, at Old Milltown, now has a name – Hazel Miller Plaza.

Features of the new plaza include a drinking fountain, a water element and seating.

Planning and construction of the park cost $150,000, with about $25,000 of that tied to connecting water and electric, according to Kerri Hite, city parks director.

Last year, the City Council expanded the amount earmarked for the park’s development to cover the utility hookups, with the caveat that city staff was to aggressively seek grants and gifts.

“This has been a true community project,” Hite told the council during its Feb. 7 meeting.

She listed several larger donations and those made by individuals, totaling $41,200. Donors included the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club, the Edmonds in Bloom group, the Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, the Hubbard Foundation and Rosen Properties, the Milltown property managers.

Hite noted that three smaller donations were combined to buy and install a bench.

The largest single donation, $88,000, was from the Hazel Miller Foundation with the request that the park’s name include the foundation’s namesake.

“We appreciate that contribution, and all the donations made,” Mayor Dave Earling said. “It is that sort of thing that makes our community ‘cook.’”

With a city policy in place detailing how parks are named, city officials fielded the customary procedure to determine the spot’s moniker. There were 43 potential name submissions, 25 of which contained the name of Miller, the longtime Edmonds resident.

The council unanimously approved the new name.