Move over Edgar Martinez Drive. Tacoma now has its own ballpark promenade honoring a storied legend: Clay Huntington Way.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved renaming part of South Cheyenne Street from South 19th to the entrance of Cheney Stadium in homage to the late local sports and civic icon.
The Tacoma Athletic Commission proposed the street name change to the city’s landmarks preservation commission last November. The landmarks commission later unanimously recommended the change after finding Huntington met the criteria as a historic figure and the street renaming complied with city code.
Huntington, who died in June at age 89, served on the Pierce County Commission and helped found the TAC, the Washington State Sports Hall of Fame and the Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame, among other achievements. The former “Voice of the Tacoma Tigers,” he also worked for more than seven decades as a broadcaster on radio and TV and, later, at KLAY, the Lakewood radio station he had owned since 1991.
The street’s renaming is “a celebration of someone who was a person who valued family, who valued community, but also had the audacity to dream big,” Mayor Marilyn Strickland said.
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