McKinleyville to name new teen center

Jack Durham
Mad River Union

McKINLEYVILLE – A special committee charged with coming up with a name for McKinleyville’s teen and community center has come up with a recommendation: McKinleyville Teen and Community Center.

FacebookLikeButton.THISONEThe proposal to basically turn the building’s informal name into its official name will be considered Wednesday, Jan. 6 by the McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) Board of Directors, which meets at 7 p.m. at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Rd., McKinleyville.

Last summer, the district formed a Naming Committee and solicited ideas for what to call the center, which is now under construction at Pierson Park. The district received six proposals, one to call it the McKinleyville Recreation Center, the others to name it after Eleanor “Gram” Sullivan, with variations on how to do so.

Sullivan, who died in August, was a tireless community fundraiser who founded the McKinleyville Senior Center and helped raise money for youth activities and many other local causes.FacebookLikeButton.THISONE

In its deliberations, the Naming Committee discussed the importance of “branding” the teen and community center, according to a staff report. The committee discussed the idea with McKinleyville High School students, who said the center was already branded by its existing, informal names – the McKinleyville Teen & Community Center or McKinleyville Teen Center.

As for Sullivan, the committee supports naming the new facility’s kitchen after her, which is something that can be done by district staff. The kitchen will be dedicated as “Gram’s Kitchen.”

Alternative names suggested by the committee include The Teen Center at Pierson Park, Eleanor Sullivan Teen Center and The Azalea Teen & Family Center.

Also at Wednesday meeting, the MCSD will present Diane Sloane as its Employee of the Year and award the Community Builder Award to Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg. The board will consider its Strategic Plan, discuss committee assignments and hear an update on its integrated pest management plan.

Comments can be sent to the MCSD at [email protected].

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  1. 2016 Draft Options. said:

    Ya, name a kitchen after a woman because the kitchen is where a woman is recognized. Insulting idea.

    Eleanor was a humble person and politically connected, but naming a controversial building after her is disingenuous.

    To form a “naming committee” was a waste of time and energy, but these eye candy processes allow for a mirage of inclusive activistism.

    To name the building anything other than McKinleyville Teen Center would be silly.

    Taxpayers paid for this building, not Elanor!

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