KLM Veterans Memorial Park

Funded (in part) through Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) dollars, the Park was officially completed after State Grant Manager Karl Jacobs' (below) gave his final approval in 2009. 

RCO inspection

In keeping with the character of the historic shelter at Gig Harbor's City Park at Crescent Creek, the Picnic Shelter used heavy timber with peeled poles.

Picnic Shelter Final


 

MAY 20, 2009 RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

In celebration of the west side's first community park, a formal Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held.  The park was named in honor of Kenneth Leo Marvin, a local resident who joined the Marine Corp in 1939 and fought in World War II.  He was captured by the Japanese on Wake Island in 1941 and interned in a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan for nearly 4 years.  Following the war, Marvin returned to Gig Harbor and was very active in the community, married a local girl and raised a family.  A local businessman for 30 years, after Marvin retired, he spent many years working as a crewhand on local commercial fishing vessels. 

Kenneth Leo Marvin Veterans Memorial Park is a place of honor in recognition of the dedication to duty and sacrifice made by all veterans.  The park gives special tribute to American servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  We honor all those who have served and continue to serve our nation in defense of our freedom.

This project was funded, in part, thanks to a grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program - Local Parks.  The Park is located at 4990 34th Avenue NW.  It includes a combined baseball/soccer field with bleachers, a play structure, bike rack, drinking fountain, picnic area with tables, trails, open space and restrooms.  The site has on-site parking and a covered picnic area.

 Park Sign

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Ribbon Cutting Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
(left to right) Councilman Malich, Mayor Hunter, Councilman Kadzik, Councilman Ekberg, Councilman Conan and Public Works Director Stubchaer

Flag Lowering of the Flag Ceremony
Next to the flag, is the Veterans Monument relocated from Harbor Ridge Junior High (the old Goodman School and before that, the Union High School).  The granite monument was placed in honor of servicemen from WWI and WWII. 
Mayor & Flag

Mayor Hunter Receives the Flag

Marvin Sisters The Marvin Sisters
Daughters of Kenny Marvin pay tribute to their father.

Group Shot Event Attendees
(left to right) Operations Assistant Terri Reed, Councilman Steve Ekberg, Parks Commission Chair Jacquie Goodwill, City Administrator Rob Karlinsey, Wastewater Supervisor Darrell Winans, Public Works Director David Stubchaer and Engineering Assistant Jami Chunn attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Monument The inscription on the granite Veterans Memorial reads "Inscribed To Those Who Served Their Country In The Global War".