Doctor, not educator, deserved honor of Everett park name

I am responding to the Everett City Council’s naming the new park on Colby Avenue after one of Everett’s first teachers that lived and taught in Everett (“Namesake for Everett’s newest park was a pioneering educator,” The Herald, Feb. 2). I appreciate everything that teachers do for a community and the lives they mold as part of their tireless work. I also appreciate the city working toward gender equity in naming this park in honor of an Everett woman. However, I think Arthur Grossman is more deserving of the honor.

Art labored as a family physicians for decades in the Everett community. He delivered generations of babies and followed his patients through all aspects of the care including acute hospitals stays. He coached and reffed youth soccer for decades, served on the Everett Parks Board, and was an avid YMCA volunteer. When he contracted ALS, it was truly amazing to see Art walk four flights of stairs to teach his bicycle spinning class and continue to volunteer despite his personal struggles.

Given the partnership between the YMCA and the city for this new park, I think it most appropriate and fitting that Art be honored with the name sake for this collaboration. Art is a modern day hero in my mind, and a true example of our Everett spirit and heritage. I think the Everett City Council should have named the park in honor of Art Grossman.

Todd and Catherine Havener


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