Symbols for area tribes, sheaves of grain, city creeks, schools, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Blue Mountains are represented in a new design the College Place City Council accepted and adopted on May 28 to serve as its official flag.
Designers Sarah Flotlin and Rachel Jupina chose a deep Beale Street Blues color from the approved city wayfinding color palette as the background. It also represents the Blue Mountains east and southeast of College Place.
Three white lines at the bottom represent the Cayuse, Walla Walla and Umatilla tribes and can be seen as a reflection in a body of water.
It’s golden leaves are adopted from the shape of the Seventh-Day Adventist logo and its seven leaves represent the Seventh-Day Adventist Church and the city’s seven creeks.
Curving blue and golden lines represent the Blue Mountain range. The golden leaves’ two stems represent the public and Seventh-Day Adventist school systems and connect the city’s values.
The city’s predecessor logo featured the face of pioneer Marcus Whitman and the Whitman Mission National Historic Site Great Grave monument.
The city looked at the change because “we don’t believe the current logo reflects the current state of (the) city and want to make the logo relevant to the current status of College Place,” Mayor Harvey Crowder said in a July 6, 2017, story by colleague Andy Porter.
College Place High School students explored designs for the logo and came up with a water tower with the city’s name on it amid a background of wheat fields and snowcapped Blue Mountains.
Another design featured the Walla Walla University clock tower.
Graphic-design students who worked on the project are Noah Allington, Sadie Flores, Calin Hanson, Alex Kjeldgaard, Braeden Schwarz and Calista Wade, with the guidance of teacher Kathi Debroeck, Andy reported
Various designs were presented in a March 5 workshop then winnowed to the top four designs that were presented at the April 2 workshop. City staff presented a survey on social media, the city website and fliers with a QR code at Rogers Bakery, Black Cup and Andy’s Market.
The 132 survey respondents — 1.38 percent of the population at 9,590 —ranked flag designs from 1-10, least preferred to most.
The top design has a median score of 7.07.