Last weekend, King County Parks and the White Center community celebrated the renaming of Lakewood Park to Dick Thurnau Memorial Park at the TAF: Bethaday Learning Center. The afternoon was filled with stories, music, park tours and BBQ. Check out some photos from the event below.
Students from Cascade International Band kicked off the afternoon with some jazzy tunes.
Councilmember Joe McDermott (left), Parks Director Kevin Brown (upper right) and various community members highlighted the many accomplishments of Mr. Thurnau.
Thurnau’s family members unveiled the new park signs.
Pictured: the infamous Hicklin Lake. Thurnau tirelessly fought to improve the water quality of the lake he once swam in. Thanks to his insistent efforts, King County Parks installed a floating wetland treatment system which will improve the water quality in a natural way. More information on the project can be found here.
Members of Cascade Middle School’s Drug and Alcohol Prevention Team facilitated tours of the park, a popular destination for Disc golf. The students informed us that there is still a lot of work to do – last week they picked up a whopping 667 cigarette butts.
As the afternoon came to a end everyone gathered for a scrumptious BBQ and shared stories of Thurnau’s memorable personality.
Where: the cafeteria of Vashon High School, 20120 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in
Come hear what King County Parks representatives and the Vashon Mountain Bike Association have to say about the proposed mountain biking trails throughout Dockton Forest. Community members are invited to share their feedback and ideas on trail use and trail improvement needs.
A second community meeting is set for Dec. 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of McMurray Middle School, 9329 SW Cemetery Rd., Vashon. King County Parks representatives will present a plan that unifies the mountain bike trail proposal with ideas generated by the community at the previous meeting.
For information about the meetings or to provide input, contact David Kimmett at 206-477-4573 or email@example.com.
Click here for the full press release.
A big happy wooftastic birthday to Serve Our Dog Areas (S.O.D.A.), a non-profit organization that has provided ongoing support and stewardship for the off-leash dog area at King County’s Marymoor Park for the last 20 years. Since 1995, the support of those who use Marymoor’s 40-acre off-leash dog area has enabled S.O.D.A. to transform it into one of the best dog parks in the United States.
Come celebrate S.O.D.A.’s 20th birthday this Saturday, Nov. 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at “dog-friendly” Postdoc Brewing in Redmond, just outside the east entrance of Marymoor Park.
Oh and doggies, don’t forget to bring your humans!
Learn more about S.O.D.A. and the incredible work and stewardship they provide for Marymoor’s Off-leash Dog Area on their website: www.soda.org.
Come celebrate the legacy of the late Dick Thurnau; a beloved White Center community member. Guests will enjoy the lovely sounds of Cascade International Choir and Band. Politicians and guest speakers will be there to highlight the accomplishments of Thurnau. Attendees can also enjoy a park tour of the park that Thurnau devoted his life to preserving. We hope to see you there!
Where: TAF: Bethaday Learning Center, located at 605 SW 108th Street.
When : Saturday, Nov.7, from 1 – 4 p.m.