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New county park opens Saturday in Ashford

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on June 2, 2010 at 5:54 pm with No Comments »
June 2, 2010 5:54 pm

Ashford County Park, a 36-acre recreation area near Mount Rainier, will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday, with grand opening ceremonies at noon.

The festivities will include music, hamburgers, hot dogs, park tours and appearances by a number of local officials, according to a press release.

The park is located near Mount Rainier at 29700 State Route 706 East.

The first phase of the park cost about $3.4 million, funded mostly with real estate excise taxes, the news release said.

Two decades ago, local activists persuaded the Champion International Paper Co. to donate 29 acres to Pierce County for a park, the news release said. Additional land has since been gathered for the park, and improvements to the space include a playground, trails, restrooms and other amenities.

Future plans call for an amphitheater, cultural center and mountaineering museum.

Coal was mined at the site in the early part of the 20th century.

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