Grand Avenue Park

SAMSUNGI used to live mere feet from this park, and many of my favorite childhood memories are wrapped up in its shrubbery.  I perfected my tree climbing skills there, picked blackberries off it’s slopes and roared with laughter the 4th of July my daredevil uncle caught it’s grassy bank on fire.

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Though spread across only 5 acres, Grand Ave Park is long & narrow and beautifully maintained, so it gives the illusion of being much bigger than it truly is.  The city of Everett acquired the land in 1906; it was sold to the city by the Everett Improvement Company for the grand total of $1.  Many stately houses line the east side of the park, including the home of Henry M. Jackson, a US congressman and senator.  His house had been built by another Everett notable, William C. Butler, a conservative Republican banker who had had great influence over Everett’s early development.  When Mr. Jackson, a Democrat, purchased the house in 1967, he was said to have savored the irony of owning the house of the tight-fisted ‘ol Republican not only because of their political differences but also because he had delivered newspapers to that same house as a child.

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Grand Ave Park is probably not the place you’ll want to visit for a toddler playdate or a power jog.  There’s no playground or plastic jungle gym or batting cages.  Just a long expanse of beautiful views, big trees and green grass.  When I walk along its promeade, looking down on the twinkling lights below, I can nearly imagine myself eleven again, running ahead, wild & free. It’s a mirage that I’m always grateful for.

Grand Avenue Park

1800 Grand Ave Everett, WA 98201

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