By Stefanie Donahue
Nearly one year after the opening of the Marine Park playground, city staff are preparing to host a ceremony to honor the many community donors who helped make it happen.
The End of Summer Celebration will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Blaine Marine Park Playground. The event will feature a brief rededication ceremony, live music and food vendors.
“We just want to have another end of summer celebration,” said Blaine community planner Alex Wenger. “It has been such a success for our whole community.”
The nautical-themed playground on Marine Drive made its public debut in late October last year. Since then, it has been a huge hit for children and families and acts as a prime location for community events, such as Drayton Harbor Days.
In total, the construction of the playground cost nearly $450,000. Blaine-Birch Bay Park and Recreation District 2 (BBBPRD) committed $200,000, the city of Blaine granted almost $160,000 and private donors raised $83,000, Wenger said.
Now, a series of sea-themed bronze plaques sit fixed onto a teal walkway bordering part of the park – each piece recognizes a donation from $250 to $10,000.
To supplement the rededication ceremony, city staff have organized a beer garden and food stand, featuring hot dogs supplied by BBBPRD, ice cream from Sugar Shack and more. Proceeds from the hot dog lunch will benefit the park district’s after-school program at the Birch Bay Activity Center.