LincolnPark: Blaine’s first park

Published on Thu, Oct 21, 2004 by an Hrutfiord

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Lincoln Park: Blaine’s first park

By Jan Hrutfiord

Lincoln Park is our first Blaine public park. Purchased by the city in 1906, it is about 29 acres of beautiful native trees, with walking/jogging paths winding through the woods. When it was first purchased, the citizens of Blaine held work parties to put up a pavilion for picnics, concerts and dances, and considered it the best investment the city had ever made.

Over the years, there have been changes in the park, mostly making less use of the area for public gatherings. The pavilion fell into disuse and is no longer there, and the trees have filled in the open spaces, so the picnic spots have become shaded out.

Walking through the park today, you see a wonderful stand of huge second growth douglas firs, red cedar, and big leaf maple. The trees have been well managed by the city public works department. The trails are kept mowed, and are used primarily by joggers and dog walkers. This is the only park where dogs can run without a leash in the city.
In some of the out-of-the-way areas, local children have built forts, tunnels, log bridges, etc. The park lends itself to the fun of fantasy play by children.

The Blaine water department reservoir is located in this park, which is high enough in elevation to give good force on the water mains. Other than this huge round structure, which holds over a million gallons of water, there is one covered picnic table, and several other picnic tables on the H Street entrance area.

This park is under utilized by the citizens of Blaine, and the parks department thinks it could be brought back into use by more people with a few modifications. Opening up some space for picnic tables, and putting a play area for children in the flat open area by the H Street entrance are some of the ideas put forth for this park. Clearing back some of the underbrush to give a better view of the surrounding area, and widening the trails could make some users feel safer when going through the park.

We are blessed to have this wooded park right inside our city limits, and need to keep as many of the trees as possible, as they are almost unique in this day and age of more and more buildings and less natural habitat. Most communities will never have a chance to have a wooded park of this size in their park system. It would take 100 years for these trees to be replaced. If you haven’t visited Lincoln Park, now’s the time to do so, and thank those early settlers for setting aside this beautiful area for our continued enjoyment.

If you have other ideas to further improve Lincoln Park, or any other city park, please contact Terry Galvin at Blaine city hall, otherwise the parks board has a mailbox in the city hall. The parks meetings are the third Thursday of each month, and visitors are welcome.