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Serving 2800 Households in Seattleís Laurelhurst Neighborhood


June 1, 2004




Seattle Parks Department Naming Committee

c/o Paula Hoff

Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation

Office of the Superintendent

100 Dexter Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109


RE:  Naming of Warren G. Magnuson Park and the Community Center


Dear Parks Naming Committee,


At its May 10th meeting, the Laurelhurst Community Club Board of Trustees voted unanimously to recommend that the entire park property east of Sand Point Way NE, north of the Windermere neighborhood and south of the Matthews Beach neighborhood be named in honor of Warren G. Magnuson. 


Decommissioning of the Navy air base became a wonderful opportunity for the City.  Senator Magnuson saw this opportunity and worked tirelessly to facilitate the transfer of 195 acres of property to the City for park purposes.  So, instead of an airfield as proposed, we now have a lasting legacy with additional park acreage.  Senator Magnusonís efforts in securing the property for our citizens have laid the groundwork for creation of the finest park in our city.  It is only fitting that the park be named in his honor, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.


The Laurelhurst Community Club also recommends that Building 406, the former Brig at Magnuson Park, be named in honor of Warren G. Magnuson, specifically that the facility be named Warren G. Magnuson Community Center. 


            Thank you for considering our recommendations.



Jeannie Hale, President                                     Kate Lloyd, Magnuson Park Liaison

3425 West Laurelhurst Drive NE                                  4303 NE 35th Street

Seattle, Washington  98105                                          Seattle, Washington  98105

525-5135 / fax 525-9631                                             522-8822 / fax 526-5525                                              



cc:  Mayor Nickels, City Councilmembers, Superintendent Joseph Olchefske