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The plaza includes three illuminated sculptures that are in the form of abstract Beaverton Police badges.

PMG PHOTO: MARK MILLER - Three sculptures located the outdoor plaza at the Beaverton Public Safety Center. Community members have an opportunity to submit naming suggestions for the plaza.

The outdoor public plaza at Beaverton's Public Safety Center is now complete, but it needs a new name for the final touch.

Beaverton city officials are requesting naming suggestions for the plaza from the community. People can submit any name suggestions and can include a tribal name, a general suggestion, or a Beaverton resident who is deceased or living.

The city says a committee of community volunteers will review the public submissions and make a small selection of names for Beaverton City Council consideration in June. As far as the process, city staff will not be directing or be involved with selecting the names.

PMG PHOTO: MARK MILLER - The Beaverton Public Safety Center includes an outdoor plaza with a seating area for people to enjoy. The city is currently requesting naming suggestions for the plaza from the community."We have delegated that role to a volunteer committee," explained Beaverton spokesperson Dianna Ballash. "They will consider all suggestions received, narrow them down based on criteria they determine, and present a shortlist to City Council. City Council will make the final decision."

An unveiling event will then be held in August — either virtual, in-person, or a combination of both — to celebrate the name selection and recently completed installation of public art sculptures in the plaza, Ballash noted.

The committee that will be tasked with making recommendations to the City Council will be made up of members of Beaverton's arts commission, diversity advisory board, and three local neighborhood association committees: Central Beaverton, Highland and Vose, which converge near the site of the new police station.

That commission will decide on selection criteria next week, Ballash said, before meeting again in April and May to choose their favorite submitted names. PMG PHOTO: MARK MILLER - One of three sculptures by artist Blessing Hancock. The sculptures are titled Insignia and are illuminated by LED lights that can change colors and include many words at reflect Beaverton Polices motto.

The plaza at the corner of Southwest Allen and Hall boulevards includes three stainless-steel sculptures that are in the form of abstract Beaverton police badges, created by artist Blessing Hancock. The sculptures, titled "Insignia," are illuminated by LED lights that can change colors and include many words that reflect the Beaverton Police Department's motto, collected from the community in 2019.

To submit suggestions, click here. Ideas can also be shared by calling 503-526-2543.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 31.


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