Open house on ‘Welcome to Downtown Edmonds’ sign

Nov 14, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel The sign welcoming visitors to Edmonds is loved, but it’s coming down.

Oh, boy. This should be fun.

The City of Edmonds has a public open house 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, to discuss the gateway signs that welcome people to Edmonds.

It will be held in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main St.

The City has been working with a committee of citizens on designing a new sign for the gateway at Fifth Avenue South and SR 104 (Edmonds Way). The current sign, well loved by many, is in poor repair and needs to be replaced.

“We have heard from many citizens who like the old sign, and also many who would like a new sign design,” Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Carrie Hite said.

In response to community input, the City has added more citizens to the committee, will work on additional design concepts with current designer Clayton Moss, and will involve the greater community to explore a potential redesign of the sign.

In addition to the redesign, the community will also be able to give input if they would like to keep the current design and have a replica made.

At the meeting, the City will be asking citizens to provide input into design guidelines for all the gateways, and to identify additional gateways that would be most appropriate for a welcome sign.

The City will then plan another public open houses in January to look at alternative designs and give input for the downtown gateway sign.

The City will also plan a final public open house in February to finalize a design and/or selection to forward to the City Council for consideration.

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