The City of Arlington
is encouraging citizens to suggest a name for the property otherwise known as the Country Charm Conservation Area.
The 139-acre piece of property was purchased in 2010 with the goals to preserve floodplain processes and fish and wildlife habitat, and provide recreational opportunities for the citizens of Arlington and the surrounding community.
The acreage is the former farmland of Hank and Betty Graafstra. The Graafstras operated a dairy and a county store, Country Charm Dairy, which was famous for its ice cream. The city purchased the lowland area of the farm, adjacent to the Stillaguamish River, that is made up of floodplain, riparian and wetland areas.
The master plan for the area includes recreational facilities such as an off-leash pet area, camp ground, walking trails, beach area, and open play fields. This is an ongoing project, as funding is limited. Bill Blake, Arlington's natural resource manager, has been working with volunteers and donors to implement the recreation areas.
The city's policy is to consider public input when naming parks. The Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council as to which proposed name best suits the facility. The proposed names will be discussed at the July 26 PARC meeting.
If you'd like to suggest a park name, contact Sarah Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (360) 403-3448.