Historic Everett Asking Everett Residents to Speak Up on Clark Park Gazebo

Clark Park Gazebo removal

Clark Park Gazebo to be removed.

Historic Everett, an advocacy organization, is asking local citizens to speak up to save a local landmark, the Clark Park Gazebo. The organization has even taken out ads in local newspapers urging residents to contact the City Council and Mayor in Everett to show their support to save the Gazebo from demolition by the City.

The 103-year-old historic structure located in Everett’s first public park was slated for improvements until January, when Mayor Cassie Franklin posted on Facebook that it was to be removed, citing “safety concerns,” and for the installation of a large dog park.

Until the post, the Gazebo was to be incorporated into a smaller dog park. On February 17, Historic Everett sponsored a well-attended “Heart bombing,” in the park, to raise awareness of the proposed removal.

In February, at Everett’s Historical Commission meeting, Commission Chair Patrick Hall suggested a compromise. Build the dog park to reactivate the space while securing the Gazebo. If conditions in the park improve, then seek local and national grants for restoration. The City of Everett Parks Department has not been willing to adopt this compromise.

Historic Everett supports the Historical Commission’s compromise and is urging residents of Everett to speak up and voice support at the April 23rd Historical Commission meeting.

“This is a logical solution that supports the City, it’s residents and honors Everett’s history,” commented Andrea Tucker, President of Historic Everett, “we look forward to partnering with the City to assist in seeking sources of funding to preserve the Gazebo.”

The Clark Park Gazebo was designed by celebrated local architect Benjamin Turnbull and built in 1921. For over a century it has been a treasured community gathering place. In 1993, Clark Park and its historic Gazebo were placed on Everett’s Register of Historic Places.

For more info on Historic Everett: https://historiceverett.org
For more info on the Historical Commission https://www.everettwa.gov/572/Historical-Commission

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