May 24, 1999
|Leota Junior High Schools Jazz ensemble played under
blue skies for the opening of the new park.
|Frisbees flew as families lounged on the huge grass|
lawn at the new Wilmot Gateway Park.
Lane Youngblood, director of Woodinville's Parks & Recreation Dept., was instrumental in the creation of Wilmot Gateway Park.
Staff photos by Marshall Haley.
by Marshall Haley, staff reporter
Summer arrived just in time for the grand opening of Wilmot Gateway Park on Saturday. Amid 80 degree temperatures, hundreds paid the ultimate tribute to Woodinville's flagship park: they were using it as though it had always been there, long before the dedication ceremony started at 2 p.m.
Frisbees flew and youngsters frolicked on the new playground equipment, oblivious to the formalities transpiring at the podium. Families lounged with kids and dogs on the huge grass lawn, and the Leota Junior High School Jazz Ensemble played with stoic disregard for the blazing sun beating down on them for three hours.
Deputy Mayor Scott Hageman and City Council member and former mayor Bob Miller successfully mounted kayaks during the Woodinville Yacht Club fleet launching. Mayor Don Brocha thanked many of the people instrumental in the park's success. Town of Grace officials Terry Jarvis and John Hughes presented Wilmot's widow, Suzanne [Wilmot] Amos, with a prime example of the strain of Scotch broom Jerry Wilmot spent years perfecting.
Suzanne Amos travelled from Norman, Oklahoma, for the ceremony. "It was very emotional for me, but very gratifying to see this beautiful park completed," she said. "I will always feel like part of this community, and hope to be able to return here to live some day."
Speakers included Congressman Jay Inslee, Parks & Recreation Commission Chair Cathy Wiederhold, Woodinville Garden Club founder Vi Kono, Molbak's Chairman Egon Molbak, Bill Renn of the Woodinville Rotary Club, and Al DeYoung.