QUESTION: Should University Place Change Its Name To "Chambers Bay?"

The News Tribune reports city officials have discussed it and are considering bringing it to a public vote. We ask what do you think, University Place.

Should University Place change its name to "Chambers Bay?"

The News Tribune's Christian Hill has a great report that details how city leaders have discussed it and are considering asking voters what they think.

Councilman Chris Nye first brought up the idea earlier this year at a meeting, saying that it could be a way to increase the city's business scene, according to the report.

It would also draw direct name recognition with , which will host the U.S Open in 2015.

But the name, "University Place," has a long history itself. The area was dubbed with the name around the late 1800's, as it was supposed to be the site of a new methodist university. Instead, the school was located in North Tacoma and became the University of Puget Sound.

However, the name stuck with the community overlooking Puget Sound. Its longstanding school district bears the name, and voters didn't appear to think twice about its name when they made University Place a city in 1995.

The community came close to ending its "place-without-a-university" tag a few years ago when negotiations with Town Center involved possibly locating an office of the WSU Extension in UP. As the negotiations broke down, so did the idea.

The people Hill spoke to in the report offered a range of opinions. Some liked its business appeal, but others want to stick to the tradition.

There's also that little factor of changing names of government offices, letterheads, addresses, etc. Heck, even we would have to change our masthead to "Chambers Bay Patch."

But the payoff and recognition could be worth it.

So we ask you, Patch users, would you change the name of University Place to Chambers Bay?

julie moorer August 20, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Well done Chuck!..
Kevin Davis August 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
We don't need a new name. Just better branding. Why change an entire city to accommodate a golf course and park anyhow? If the talking heads in the council feel we need a stronger connection to a single event, why not have the course change it's name slightly to mention University Place?
Beckonridge Park August 20, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Well said.
Dave Matzen August 20, 2012 at 04:48 PM
How about "University Place At Chambers Bay" that way everyone is either happy (or upset). In short it would be "UP at CB".
Brent Champaco August 20, 2012 at 04:49 PM
@Chris, I was referring to some of the comments on the newspaper's site. I found a lot of the typical anti-UP crowd supporting the change. Funny this is the majority, at least they claim, aren't even from or don't spend time in University Place.
Brent Champaco August 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Interesting Mark. That just goes to show how strongly connected UP is to its school district. I think more people would prefer Curtis than Chambers Bay, at least on this forum :)
Kevin Davis August 20, 2012 at 04:59 PM
How about the Chambers Bay Golf Course at University Place?
Brent Champaco August 20, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Oh Dave. You're so diplomatic :)
Brent Champaco August 20, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Here's another question. If residents don't want to change the name, how can the city better position itself to reap the benefits of the 2015 U.S. Open?
Tad Saine August 20, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I am on the fence here. On one hand, I do think UP suffers from a branding problem that a name change could help solve. On the other, I am not sure linking the city name so closely with a golf course is a good idea. If our city had any sort of meaningful community space or commerce that occurred on the water (like Gig Harbor for example), I would be more open to the idea because then the name association wouldn't be so closely tied to one thing.
Imagen Bush August 20, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Is there any data which shows how many actual UP residents play golf at CB?
Kevin Davis August 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Lodging would be a start. It would definitely be easier to reap benefits of the tourism if they weren't leaving the city. They're more likely to spend close to where they sleep. As it stands, we're going to lose money to Lakewood and Tacoma unless we move fast.
Howard and Barbara Lee August 20, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Call a duck an eagle and you still end up with a duck. Instead of agonizing over finding a proper name for our city, why not solve the problems we have and who knows, maybe UP would then be able to attract a university.
Ernie Lackman August 20, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Right on Howard Lee! I don't know about attracting a university, but surely solving the city's day to day problems is more worthy of our attention than floating the hair-brained idea of changing the city's name to other than what it is.
Dave Matzen August 20, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I do not think any local businesses will be able to profit during the US Open at all. It is 90% my understanding that the only way to the US Open is via a bus (or boat)system that picks up people along I-5 and drops them off inside the fenced in course. There is no walk up to, or out of, the course, even if you live across the street from the Open, you have to drive out to I-5 to catch transportation. People will only see U.P. from the windows of the buses. For us local people to profit is for people to come to Chambers Bay after the US Open is over.
Kevin Davis August 20, 2012 at 09:46 PM
@Dave Where are you getting your information from? That sounds incredibly convoluted if true. The only way it makes sense is if they're acting as some sort of hotel shuttle because all of the hotels are along the I-5 corridor.
Dave Matzen August 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM
This was told to those in attendance at the U.P. Business Partners gathering in June held at Chambers Bay from the guy overseeing the U.S. Open.
Dan August 20, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Why don't we just change the name of the golf course to University Place. Problem solved.
Christie Anderson August 21, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Has it appeared to anyone else that this idea of a name change, especially coming from a council member, seems like an attempt to hide? Are they ashamed that the city's name is too solidly linked to the poor management of UP's towne centre?
Brent Champaco August 21, 2012 at 03:22 AM
The News Tribune's editorial board says we should at least discuss the issue of a name change. Read the editorial, which will appear in Tuesday's edition, here: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/opinion/2012/08/20/chambers-bay-or-university-place-lets-talk-about-it/
Imagen Bush August 21, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Pierce County would never allow their golf course to be named University Place :)
Brent Champaco August 21, 2012 at 07:28 AM
A couple of observations from tonight's City Council meeting: -The naming debate was mentioned several times by city leaders. No matter what side they fell on, they were surprised that the issue came up some eight months after the topic was first mentioned by one council member at a retreat. -Feelings are mixed whether changing the name is even a legitimate issue among the UP's other business right now. -Councilman Javier Figueroa even brought up the issue during a discussion over the UP for Art project at the Civic Building Atrium, although it prompted Councilwoman Caroline Belleci to question why it was even included in the discussion. -Coincidentally, the City Council's study session centered on developing the city's communication strategy, particularly in terms of speaking to the media. -The Seattle media seems to be interested in this. For instance, Councilman Chris Nye - the one who briefly brought up the idea at the council retreat about eight months ago - spoke to KOMO Radio's John Carlson. -As I was at the meeting, I saw KING 5 did its own story. Read it here: http://www.king5.com/home/University-Place-might-get-a-new-name-166828116.html
Christie Anderson August 21, 2012 at 07:48 AM
"-Councilman Javier Figueroa even brought up the issue during a discussion over the UP for Art project at the Civic Building Atrium,..." That comment brought about artful inspirations: They should leave the city's name alone and just rename towne centre to "Chambers Bay Square"....that should kill the negative stigma associated with THAT fiasco...(OK, maybe only slightly deflect it.) But just think of it....they could get rid of the duck and get UP starts For Art to commission a bronze golf bag sculpture....better yet, make it a water feature, with the clubs spewing out water in artfully arranged cascades, lol. :-)
Christie Anderson August 21, 2012 at 08:04 AM
The ideal place for a hotel to service Chambers Bay Golf Course is where the environmental services building is located. If Pierce County were thinking logically, they'd realize they have the prime location for that use, and time enough to get it done! Sorry Joe (Scorcio)....you need to relocate your offices, lol.
Marsha August 21, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Just heard the topic on the news on WARM 106.9. We're famous!
Barbara Jackson August 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Do they have any idea what the costs would be to the business in UP? They would have to pay to change their signage, their letterheads, their advertising (phone book as an example), the city would have to change signs everywhere as well as letterheads, etc. What an absolute unnecessary cost to the business & people of University Place. They have wasted too much of our money as it is.
Richard Shepard August 21, 2012 at 04:45 PM
How do I stop the updates on this thread? I've seen enough.
ShopSar August 21, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I agree!! www.shopsar.com
Christie Anderson August 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM
@ Richard Shepard....ask Brent how to stop the updates.
Ron Johnson August 24, 2012 at 03:14 AM
UP city management..........please, stop the insanity and focus on the real issues. What is going on with Town Center? Any progress there? Have you given up? Spend a bunch of tax payer money on another dead-end? We want your time and attention on the many very real issues facing this community. We have told you that many, many times. Focus!


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