Museum recreates Gold Creek Park in its heyday

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Woodinville Heritage Museum will highlight Gold Creek Park of the 1960s with historic photos, archival video and prominent panelists who once were park lifeguards, train engineers and cavalry riders. The free, one-hour program takes place Saturday, May 17, at 10 a.m., at the Sammamish Valley Grange hall, on 148th Avenue NE, just north of the Old Hollywood Schoolhouse.

Gold Creek Park was the unique creation of pet food manufacturer William G. Tyrrell of Seattle and drew thousands of people to Woodinville regularly to the 74-acre valley site containing four swimming pools, ice-skating dome, picnic areas, narrow-gauge railroad, sternwheeler boat, grist mill, pioneer fort, putting green, restaurant and even a Space Needle replica.

On the hillside east of the park were Gold Creek Lodge, Gold Creek Stables and the Gold Creek Trout Farm, all part of Tyrrell's concept of entertainment for all ages.

Numerous historic photos and a rare video created by the late Don McCune, known as Captain Puget on KOMO-TV and made available by his widow, Linda McCune of Woodinville, have been combined by Jim and Gloria Kraft. Terri Malinowski will moderate a panel involving former park manager Chuck Lee, lifeguard Gaylon Kipp, train conductor John Okerman and attendant Sandra Wright Rose. Also providing memories will be former Gold Creek Cavalry rider Lynda Shipway, now a Woodinville riding instructor.

“This program is another in a series the museum offers to acquaint residents and friends with Woodinville's diverse history,” said Woodinville Heritage Society president Rick Chatterton. “We hope everyone will come May 17.”
He noted the museum will also offer a special Gold Creek Park exhibit this summer, curated by Claudia Cordes. The museum, housed in the historic DeYoung home at 14121 NE 171st St., Woodinville, is open every Sunday 1-4 p.m. in June, July and August.

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