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Celebrating a new, improved Wulf Park

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Community efforts highlighted at park dedication

By Sandy Barnes

Kids were having a great time climbing and sliding on new playground equipment while adults talked and enjoyed free barbecue at the Wulf Park dedication on Saturday.

“It’s a very usable and comfortable park to be in,” said Scott Robson, executive director of the Evergreen Park and Recreation District.

Attractive stone stairs bring people to the plaza and playground area, and to the popular skate park that also has received upgrades. New sidewalks have been created with a gentle grade at the 6-acre park, making it easier for moms with strollers and disabled people to reach the park.

The revamped playground area has a smooth rubberized surfaced around its perimeter and a thick carpet of wood chips beneath the equipment.

A sheltered plaza with picnic tables at the entrance to Wulf Rec Center is a key component of the project. Another shelter is planned at the tennis court area, Robson said.

The park also has an improved drainage system on the steep property, as well as a replaced irrigation system.

Robson said park improvements reflect collaborative efforts and generous donors, including Blue Spruce Kiwanis, which contributed $23,000 for the plaza, and the Evergreen Recreation and Park Foundation, which donated $6,000 for new playground equipment. Jefferson County Open Space contributed $228,000 in grant funds for Wulf Park, substantially adding to the park district’s $317,000 allocation in its capital improvement budget.

Lafayette architect Axel Bishop designed the project, which local contractors have spent most of the year implementing. Park district staff worked on the park along with the contractors, Robson noted.

“These guys put their heart and soul into making this happen,” he said.

During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Marcia Younger, wife of former Kiwanis member Gene Younger, for whom the plaza is named, talked about her late husband’s devotion to Evergreen parks.

“This shelter is a visible representation of Gene’s caring,” she said. “We’re so happy to see all of you here to honor Gene.”

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com.