By Chris Winters Herald Writer
MARYSVILLE — After three years of volunteer effort, Marysville’s latest park, Doleshel Park, will open to the public Feb. 22.
The 6.3-acre park, located near Kellogg Marsh Elementary School at 9028 67th Ave. NE, features picnic areas, lawns, trails and other amenities.
The city acquired the tract in 2005 from a Christmas tree farm, using $511,300 it obtained through a grant from the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Fund.
“It was under the threat of development,” said Marysville Parks and Recreation director Jim Ballew.
The city initially considered creating a Pea Patch-style collective garden there, but didn’t find much support for that in the local community.
Instead the city decided to turn the property into a passive park.
A team of 200-300 volunteers from the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent the past three years working to turn the former nursery into a park.
They cleaned out the underbrush, thinned the trees and lifted the canopy, laid out trails and installed picnic facilities.
Danyon Heacock, a member of the church and an Eagle Scout, decided to build a bridge over Allen Creek. He worked with another church member skilled in drafting to plan the bridge, then put it together, assisted by about 20 other volunteers, he said.
“It turned out way better than I expected,” Heacock, 17, said. “It’s going to be there for a long time.”
Heacock, a junior at the Bio-Med Academy at Marysville Getchell High School, said he put in 61 hours of prep work and 15 hours of construction to finish the bridge.
“I’m just really happy to help the community out,” Heacock said.
The park will have its opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Feb. 22. The first 250 visitors will receive wildflower seed packets, which they’ll be encouraged to bring back to the park in May to plant in a dedicated wildflower meadow.
The flowers, Ballew said, were selected to be attractive to deer, birds and butterflies.
The park will be open after that date from 7 a.m. to dusk, Ballew said.
Chris Winters: 425-374-4165 or firstname.lastname@example.org.