May 4, 1998
DeYoung Park to be dedicated
by Woodinville Weekly staff
WOODINVILLE--Woodinville's newest park, DeYoung Park, will be officially opened at a ceremony May 14 at 2 p.m. The park is located across from Molbak's on N.E 175th St. Open to the public, the park offers sanctuary in the shade of five tall Douglas fir trees and a pine. Woodinville Parks Director Lane Youngblood called the centrally-located park a "delightful place to rest at midday." Park benches await pedestrians out for strolls or shoppers browsing through town. Youngblood said in August the city is planning a concert series there, and that the city will also eventually put in play equipment for kids. The park is named after John and Ellen DeYoung who moved to Woodinville in 1925. A plaque with their names will be installed at the site.
Al and Lowell DeYoung, their sons, bought the rights to name the park for $9,500 at a Woodinville Rotary Auction last fall. Auction proceeds went to pay for construction of Wilmot Gateway Park. The park was created as an open space requirement when TRF bought the property for their development. "They've done a nice job making a pocket park there," Al noted last week.
The Woodinville Weekly's office at one time stood on the property. The Friends Garden Club has adopted the park and will take it under their care after May 14.