Tahlequah Daily Press

September 5, 2013

City wants public’s help naming community center

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

City leaders are asking for the public’s help in naming the new community center, which is being funded with a portion of a recent capital-improvements tax and is under construction on the north side of Northeastern State University’s campus.

Because $1.5 million in city sales tax funds is being used for the project – an addition to NSU’s new multipurpose event center – the city has been granted naming rights for the community center.

Jon Asbill, director of capital projects and planning at NSU, updated city councilors this week on the construction timeline.

“The project, as a whole, is moving along right on schedule, and everything’s working well on the main event center side, as well as the community center side,” Asbill said. “Everything is moving just like we like it.”

NSU’s multipurpose event center is slated for a Nov. 16 opening, and the community center addition is expected to be opened in February 2014.

Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols said the city is asking the public to submit potential names for the community center.

On Oct. 14, city councilors will receive a list of names provided by the public, and the following week will select five finalists. Those five suggestions will be presented to the public, which can then vote through various methods.

Voting will end Nov. 30, and the winning name will be announced during the city council meeting Dec. 2.

According to Nichols, the name should reflect Tahlequah’s culture, history, and strong relationship with NSU, or reflect the function of the building as a community space.

City leaders have recommended the name be “relatively short, memorable, and provide enough generality that residents and visitors alike may easily remember the name and recognize the building.”

Any suggestions with negative or humorous connotations will not be considered.

Get involved

To suggest a name for the center, send name suggestions by Oct. 13 to: Attention Mayor, 111 S. Cherokee, Tahlequah, Okla., 74464. Suggestions can also be emailed to mayor@cityoftahlequah.com; called in to (918) 456-0651, ext. 262; left on the mayor’s Facebook page; or left with councilors Linda Spyres, Maurice Turney, Charles Carroll or Diane Weston.