Northwest NEWS

June 19, 2000

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McCormick Park dedicated last week

McCormick Park

Margaret McCormick and Duvall City Engineer Elizabeth Goode at last week's dedication of McCormick Park.
Photo by Becky Nixon.

by Lisa Allen, Valley View editor

   DUVALL--It's the city's newest community greenspace, but its roots go back a long, long way. As city staff and volunteers gathered under sunny skies last week at the dedication of McCormick Park, people responsible for its creation reminisced.

   Eric Johnson, from the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, said he remembered back in 1990 when he and then-city administrative assistant Sara Barry first looked at a brushy piece of property by the river and agreed it would make a great park.

   "We awarded the city $65,000 to develop it," he said. "It was a time when citizens were concerned that not enough money was going for parks and recreation. We congratulate the city on its accomplishment."

   City Engineer Elizabeth Goode referred to McCormick Park as an amazing place. "So many people worked on it," she said. "We are so thankful to all the city crew and volunteers who made the effort."

   She noted that the picnic benches were purchased by the Duvall Chamber of Commerce and the interpretive signage was completed under the direction of city grant coordinator Cecelia Boulais. A Boy Scout troop added some of the plantings near the foot bridge.

   Goode also credited city employee Jerry Marlette for the idea of making foot bridges from trailer beds, which has saved the city thousands of dollars. The park bridge and another near Cherry Valley were built for under $14,000. "We feel pretty good about that," she said.

   The park is named for longtime resident William F. McCormick, who died in 1988. Bill, born in South Dakota, first arrived in Duvall in 1911. At one time, he was supervisor for the Duvall Water Department and organized the first committee for the Evergreen State Fair. Much of the park property was purchased by the city years ago from the McCormick family.

   Margaret McCormick, Bill's widow, cut the ribbon at the stairs to the park. "I want to thank the City Council for perpetuating his name through this park," she said.

   Bill's two children, Alice and Pete, also reside in Duvall. Pete remarked that he had no sons, so he thought that "the name was going to go dead, but it looks like it will stick around."

   The park is connected to the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and the beach and is the location of Sandblast, Duvall's annual summer arts festival.