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Snow flurries don't dampen spirits at park opening

The new Doleshel Park was created through the community efforts of church volunteers.


Savannah Perkins

Mayor Jon Nehring (center, holding scissors) was joined by councilmembers Jeffrey Vaughan, Donna Wright and Camille Norton, along with dozens of volunteers who helped create the new Doleshel Park in Marysville to celebrate the park's opening.

It seemed fitting for snow to say its last goodbye to the old Christmas tree farm and hello to Doleshel Park as people streamed in for its grand opening Saturday morning.

Members of the Doleshel family were among the bundled-up spectators who were pleased to see the transformation of the 6.3-acre park, located at 9028-67th Ave. NE. Three councilmembers were present--Jeff Vaughan, Camille Norton and Donna Wright--as well as Deanna Vaughan, wife of Jeff Vaughan and Public Affairs Specialist for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), which was very active in this project.

Danyon Heacock, a student in the Bio-Med Academy at Marysville Getchell High School who organized and coordinated the building of the bridge in Doleshel Park for his Eagle Scout project, was also on hand for the celebration.

In a brief speech that preceded the official ribbon-cutting for the new park, Mayor Jon Nehring shared his thanks for the work of volunteers from the LDS Church.

"This is a crown jewel of an example of what volunteerism means to the City of Marysville, so this is really about you all and your church community, the time you have put into this, the vision you had and you stuck with it," Nehring told the assembled crowd. "You should be really proud of this and what's gone on here. From the City of Marysville, thank you. We can hold this as an example of when there aren't enough resources from the government to do everything, citizens can step in and take the bull by the horns and bring the project through."

Jim Ballew, Marysville Parks and Recreation Director, shared that, "Back in 2007 Snohomish County Parks created a neighborhood improvement program and as a result of that, a former council member, Norma Jean Derek, wrote an application to acquire this property. Several concepts were proposed over the course of many years. Through the guidance of the Park Board and volunteers, this passive nature park was created. What we have here is an opportunity for anyone, individuals or families, to come in here and simply enjoy nature."

The name for the park was approved last year by the Park Advisory Board in honor of the Doleshel family, former property owners who had created a landmark Christmas tree farm on the acreage that stood as a tradition for many Marysville families. The hope is to have the park represent memories and new traditions to come as the community embraces this new addition to Marysville.

Savannah Perkins

Danyon Heacock designed and built this sturdy bridge at the new park as his Eagle Scout project.

"For the past three years, members of the LDS Church came here once a year in September by the hundreds, and we got to watch little kids and seniors and those of us in-between come out here and spend four to five hours weeding, and chopping and cutting down trees," Ballew noted. "The opportunity to get this done in the last three years is something that most of those who were involved will take great pride in. They dedicated over one thousand hours of service."

"Now Danyon Heacock was able to not only build a bridge but he actually got us from A to B," said Ballew. "The bridge that Danyon replaced was completely unstable and unusable. This young man built a bridge strong enough to hold a truck, and the architecture and concept of the bridge enhances the quality of the park."

The rich history of the new public park, along with the natural beauty of its landscape, is a welcome addition to the community. With combined efforts from the City of Marysville and local volunteers, finally having the park open brings joy and excitement for all those involved and those who will benefit from its creation.


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