The City is Edmonds is inviting the public to a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hazel Miller Plaza at Old Milltown, Fifth Avenue South and Maple Street. It will be held June 12 at 3 p.m.
The City purchased the site in 2008 with the intent of preserving this central downtown open space for community use. Its a key community gathering space and a gateway to the downtown from the south. The value of developing a public gathering space downtown has long been prioritized in the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan, and the Community Cultural Plan.
, a longtime Edmonds resident.
"Hazel loved the Edmonds community so much that when she passed on she wanted to give back to the community in return for the enjoyment it gave to her," said Carrie Hite, Edmonds’ Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services director.
After Miller died in 2009, the Hazel Miller Foundation was created to benefit the people of Edmonds and South Snohomish County. The Foundation's mission is to support programs and projects that serve the public's benefit, especially in the areas of education and youth services, poverty alleviation and hunger, civic and community services and amenities, the environment and culture and the arts.
The Hazel Miller Foundation has given a substantial award to help fund this development of the Plaza.
Along with the Hazel Miller Foundation, the Floretum Garden Club has been integral to the development of this downtown gathering area. The club was key to supporting the Council’s decision to purchase this site, and has been involved in providing numerous donations and assistance with the both the Plaza design and the gardens.
"This project has truly been a community initiative from start to finish," said Hite. "Please join us in celebrating and recognizing those who have helped make this plaza possible."