Heron Rookery: ripe for rebranding | Commissioner's Corner

Nicholas Lee - Courtesy photo
Nicholas Lee
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What’s in a name?

Well, a little bit of everything. Recognition, inspiration, belief and hope are all associated with a certain nomenclature. Titles aid in assembling cultural competence and sense of place, defining an existence in history.

This column attempts to notch out a little corner regarding civic engagement. Aptly penned as Commissioner’s Corner, the content of this column represents the collective voice of a group of engaged Redmond volunteers (e.g., Parks and Trails, Arts and Culture, Planning, Design Review, Civil Service), each of whom spends countless hours to represent the citizen voice in city business. We hope to arouse myriad perspectives on issues facing our growing community; issues such as green space, neighborhoods, connections, art, culture, history, environment and transit.

This inaugural commentary reflects on the essence of Redmond, which, in this case, is a name.

The Heron Rookery, a little-known stand of evergreens on the corner of 159th Place Northeast and Leary Way Northeast, is ripe for a rebranding. The recent removal of invasive brambles revealed neither rook nor heron, leading a void in the heart of this founding forest.

What does this place mean to you? What does this important gateway mean to this city? How should we sculpt this natural space to serve the future? Please help us capture the spirit of Redmond in this central space with your suggestions, thoughts and comments.

Send them to: Carolyn Hope, Park Planning and Cultural Services manager, City of Redmond, Parks and Recreation Department, 15670 N.E. 85th St., Redmond, WA 98052.

Nicholas Lee is the chair of the Redmond Parks and Trails Commission.


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