December 15, 1997
Historical Society proposes renaming downtown streets
by Andrew Walgamott
WOODINVILLE--Take Derby Boulevard south, turn left on Main Street and then hang a right on Pioneer Avenue. Those may be directions to City Hall from Woodinville High School if a proposal the Woodinville Historical Society is pursuing some day comes to pass. The group wants to rename Woodinville's downtown streets with the names of local communities and industries that existed here earlier this century. Phyllis Keller, president of the society, submitted a letter to the city last week on her proposal. She also appeared before the City Council this Monday night. Keller said naming streets would bring community history out.
Derby Boulevard, which is really 131st Ave. N.E., comes from the name of a train stop near Chateau Ste. Michelle. Main Street, better known as N.E. 175th St. reflects what has become Woodinville's main thoroughfare. Pioneer Ave., 133rd Ave. N.E. would be so named because of its proximity to the old Woodinville School (now known as Sorenson), and for the settlers who donated land for the building.
Keller said the effort to rename core streets would take several years. Right now the society wants to concentrate on naming streets inside the TRF project, the north-south trending 138th Ave. N.E. and east-west N.E. 178th St. There, 138th would be known as Garden Avenue for a tract that was subdivided nearby as Woodinville Gardens. The street may also one day extend south past Molbaks, famous for its plants and gardening products. And 178th would be called Mill Street as there were at least six sawmills in the general area. The society is also suggesting that Woodinville-Snohomish Rd. from 175th to the county line be renamed Grace Boulevard, and N.E. 177th Pl. would be designated Daycity Boulevard for the community of Day City which was platted nearby. Other streets including 140th Ave. N.E. and 135th Ave. N.E. may be renamed as well.
Councilwoman Lucy DeYoung, a historical society member, likes the idea. "What we keep hearing from the community is as we grow, we need to try and retain the feeling of a town...Town's have street names, not numbers," DeYoung said. Keller says the idea has been floating around for about 15 years. But not everyone supports the notion. Carol Edwards, publisher of the Woodinville WEEKLY, says input from the fire district, chamber of commerce, UPS and King and Snohomish County road departments is needed before any names are changed. "As a City of Woodinville resident, businessowner and mapmaker, I am opposed to assigning common names to any roads without a full public process," she wrote in a letter to the City Council.