New Park naming process
The Parks Department has started the naming process for the new park in Morgan Junction. The press release reads “The Park Naming Committee is comprised of one representative designated by the Board of Park Commissioners, one by the Chair of the City Council Parks and Seattle Center Committee, and one by the Parks Superintendent. Criteria the committee considers in naming parks include: geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features. A park may be named for a person no longer living (deceased a minimum of three years) who made a significant contribution to parks and/or recreation. The Park Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher, who makes the final decision.
Please be aware that an effort is underway to propose that the park be named after Tim St Clair, and petitions are being circulated (one is down at the Beveridge Place Pub). The reason a petition is needed is that Tim passed away in 2008, and would not qualify under the 3 year minimum requirement.
The petition reads: "We the citizens of the peninsula of West Seattle hereby petition the City of Seattle and its Parks Department to take the following action. We request that the new park facility located at California Ave SW and SW Eddy St be named after Tim St. Clair. Tim St. Clair for over two decades was a veteran reporter for the West Seattle Herald. Tim St. Clair was an influential force in our West Seattle community brining light and scope to every major issue that happened in his years of service to our West Seattle community. Tim St. Clair was always the one you saw in the back of the room at any meeting be it a community council meeting, a public meeting on a transportation issue or on a parks issue. It is fitting that this new park stands on former Monorail property, which he thoroughly covered from transit station concept into a green space for the Morgan Junction neighborhood. In his lifetime Tim St. Clair had a passion for the outdoors and took every opportunity to explore the world around him. One of the things he loved was to help improve his environment here in West Seattle. This included being an advocate for our neighborhood parks. Those of us signing below respectfully request that the City of Seattle’s Parks department join with us in approving the naming of the park at California Ave SW and SW Eddy St in memory of Tim St. Clair.”