Parks crew begin preparations for installing new Welcome to Downtown Edmonds sign

Parks maintenance crew clearing vegetation last week in the area where the current Welcome to Downtown Edmonds sign is located. They are, from left: Tim Kopp, Debra Dill, Andy Rockne and Eric Bird. (Photo by Bob Sears)

City of Edmonds parks maintenance employees have begun working on replacing the aging Welcome to Downtown Edmonds sign that has been greeting motorists approaching downtown from State Route 104 for more than 40 years..

Edmonds Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Director Angie Feser said Monday that the sign replacement has several phases, including disassembly of the current landscaped area to reuse materials, building up a new landscape area and short retaining wall, pouring and curing of the sign concrete footings, setting of the sign and boulder placement, irrigation installation and planting of new landscape.

The new sign features original artwork by Edmonds’ Andy Eccleshall. (Rendering courtesy City of Edmonds)

“The existing sign will be dismantled,” Feser said, “with the iconic panels going to the Edmonds Historical Museum. This will take a number of weeks to complete all the phases partially due to the availability of the sign installation contractor’s schedule.”

The new sign, chosen after an extensive public process, was originally supposed to be installed in fall 2020 but the work was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



  1. Looks great! Now… looking forward to seeing the sign(s) that will greet visitors and residents in the other parts of Edmonds which are frankly more regularly travelled, like the sign that is part of the HWY99 revitalization project. Those are much needed to reinforce that Edmonds is NOT just the downtown core, no matter how much we all enjoy all that is offered down there.

  2. Andy’s murals and local art have made our city more appealing. The new sign will be a welcome sight to those who visit Edmonds and enjoy our great downtown and vibrant beaches.
    Well done Andy!

  3. I agree Tom- I am excited about the Gateway sign project on 99. Presentation about it tonight at the Council meeting.

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