Eugene, Oregon, changes plaza name to Ken Kesey Square

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Eugene City Council has officially changed the name of a downtown plaza to Kesey Square.

The Register-Guard reports Wednesday’s vote was 5-1, and the switch to honor the late author Ken Kesey took effect immediately.

Kesey’s son Zane said he learned about the council vote when he received a text from his wife while visiting the square. Zane said it’s important for people from all walks of life to be caretakers of the square so it can be a place where “people can come together safely and enjoy one another.”

The square already includes a statue of the “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” author reading to his grandchildren. It was dedicated in 2003, two years after his death in Eugene.