The Washington Park Centennial celebration held September 19, 2015 was attended by nearly 200 people. Young and old enjoyed the dedication of the new Havekost Loop Trail, featuring exhibit signs designed by Bob Vaux, Park Manager and Bret Lunsford of the Anacortes Museum. These two also gave a walking presentation of park history which was followed by a picnic featuring hotdogs prepared by city councilperson Brad Adams and lemon treats prepared by Anacortes Mayor Laurie Gere. Jugglers and clowns entertained with stilts, bubbles, rope tricks and more.
Members of the Havekost family attended the event and shared historical information with museum staff. Many of the history hikers were Washington Park regulars, who volunteer and donate to support the 220 acre preserve. Retired Washington Park Manager Andy Tubbs attended the event and shared recollections from his tenure. Parks and Recreation Director Gary Robinson voiced appreciation for everyone throughout the park’s history who has worked on its behalf. Examples abound of city staff, volunteer and donor support. Marilyn Firlotte, a loop road regular, created a beautiful watercolor of the Havekost Monument during the short historical stroll. Brian Tottenham collaborated with stone mason Bryan Elliott to improve and beautify the new hiking route.
Museum benefactor Phyllis Rodeffer (through the Rodeffer Trust) granted the museum $1,500 to create two Washington Park interpretive panels focused on T.H. Havekost (who was a relative of the Rodeffers). The Anacortes Museum Foundation teamed up with the Anacortes Parks Department and the Parks Foundation to fully fund the Havekost Loop Trail project.
Bret Lunsford shared details from Washington Park history, including research on when it was named Washington Park - September of 1915 - and the recipe for the lemon pie (PDF) that was used during the Anacortes Improvement Club’s 1922 pie fundraising drive to acquire the Sunset Beach property (see article from the Anacortes American, September 21, 1922).