Yet another Eagle Scout project is helping to transform Mountlake Terrace’s Firefighters Memorial Park, 3900-228th St. S.W., into a new gem in the city’s park system.
Eagle Scout candidate Ray Baldwin is creating a new firefighters’ memorial at the one-acre park that will eventually take the place of the old memorial there. Baldwin, with the help of this dad, other scouts and volunteers, mixed 33-and-one-half, 80-pound bags of concrete in mid-August to create the new memorial stand. Once the stand is completed in early September, city crews will mount the plaque from the old memorial temporarily onto the new one until a new plaque is made.
Baldwin originally pitched his idea for a new monument to Snohomish County Fire District 1 Captain Don Navarre and members of the city’s Recreation Park Advisory Commission. After their approval of the new monument, Baldwin has been working with the city’s Neighborhood Park Improvement Subcommittee (NPIS) finalizing the final design and placement of the memorial.
The new memorial is one of a few projects that Eagle Scout candidates have taken on since the park has been expanded. Earlier this year Eagle Scout candidate Victor Quezada installed a gravel pathway in the park; the pathway has since been upgraded and paved.
In May, Eagle Scout candidate Dayne Daylong poured some concrete pads in the park, then refurbished and installed a picnic table and bench on one of the pads. In another project, Eagle Scout candidate Nathan Morgan completed the installation of the swing set that is now being used at the park.
Firefighters Memorial Park was ripe for various projects after being expanded from its former configuration as a hideaway tucked behind old Fire Station 18 to its current layout extending out to 228th Street SW. The park expansion was made possible after Fire Station 18 was razed in April 2012 and replaced with a new facility on Poplar Way in Brier.
More improvements to the park could be coming as there is interest from another Eagle Scout candidate to possibly extend the trail through the park to its east entry along 39th Place West.
Eagle Scout candidates are also talking with the City of Mountlake Terrace about other possible park projects in the city.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski