Wenatchee Rotary Park History
Rotary Park was a mammoth project undertaken by all 3 Wenatchee Rotary clubs over a period of many years beginning in 2002.
View PowerPoint showing the early planning stages:  CLICK HERE  
View PowerPoint showing a review of the project history as of 2004:  CLICK HERE  
Grand opening took place on July 7, 2005.  Read Wenatchee World story of July 8, 2005.
Other news stories:
  April 8, 2005    
 
 
 
 
Photo of final step with the official opening of the final picnic shelter, August 7, 2019.  Below, read remarks made by PP Rich Peters at that event.
 
In 2017, a major donation was received from Sue Berry, widow of Lloyd Berry, who passed away recently.  Lloyd had 37 years perfect attendance and was very involved in the development of the park.  This made it possible to complete the park in August 2019 with completion of the final picnic shelter.  Sue's hand-written notes are seen below.
 
 
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Rotary Park final structure dedication, August 7, 2019
A presentation by Past President Rich Peters, Wenatchee Rotary, (2001-2003)
“This heat reminds me of some of the work parties we had in 2004-2005. But we did not have trees or shelters for shade. Our breaks were crowding around a motor home Randy Z parked up here for shade.
2002-2003 PETS message was RI PRES Bhichai Rattakul wanted each club to consider a big project for 2005 RI 100 year anniversary. His theme was  ‘sow the seeds of love’.    My vison was to have all 4 area Rotary clubs working  together on a project. East Wenatchee had committed to a little project of building Miss Viedol.
March 2002-Rotary Club of Wenatchee, Wenatchee Sunrise and Wenatchee North club presidents (Rich Peters, Julie Brunner, Brian Campbell) meet with Mayor Johnson to discuss building a Baseball complex. Mayor Johnson said they had a piece of land that was bought for a future park.  We looked at this 7 acre site and found it to be too small for 6 ball fields shaped in a rotary wheel design.  From this review came the direction of let’s build a park.
The members of the three 3 clubs were all on board as long as we could call it Rotary Park.  We had many information meetings.   District governor Ken Davis visited us in the orchard that was on this property.  He bought into the idea and was supportive of direction.
WSU landscape architecture class had 10 teams visit the site and later presented their ideas of what this Rotary Park should look like.  We fully expected to take the best ideas of the teams and put those into the final design.  That was not necessary as Carie Berg and John Fergan nailed the design of the park. Park plan had the features;   Lit walking paths, Restroom, Picnic shelter(s) in later phases, Horseshoes(eagle scout project), Water feature, Playground, Amphitheater, Basketball court, Playing fields, Rotary Plaza, Parking lot, 9-hole disk golf course, tables and benches.
September 23, 2003 City approved design of Rotary Park
Many many hours of work went into preparation and now it is show time!
Ground Breaking May 24th 2004.
City does cleanup of site (Orchard). Unique Idea of burning top soils saved $200000. DOE credit for voluntary remediation.
  • Worked with Eric Wulf on designing irrigation systems
  • We had lead volunteers for the building of each of the structures and all of the details that went into each of these
  • Make-a-difference day,  October 23rd 2004   The tree planting day where 200 trees are put in the ground in a little less than two hours.   214 people signed up to Plant trees.  THIS IS YOUR PARK!
  • The volunteers that came out and ran the conduit and pulled the wires for the lighting and to our structures, THIS IS YOUR PARK!
  • All the hand work on backfilling the irrigation lines prepping the areas for hydro-seeding and the nurturing of the grass and trees at the very beginning. THIS IS YOUR PARK!
 
Fundraising-Ford Barrett and team;
People donated by buying a park bench or a picnic table or a flagpole or the ceramic recognition tiles over in Rotary Plaza, Contributed to the Auctions, bought or sold raffle tickets, wrote a check in support…This is Your Park !
The multiple Rotarians were out here every weekend doing things with hands-on- work or bringing snacks and refreshments to refuel tanks of those who were working endless hours getting this done.  Carmen Bosenbrock took photographs of it all along the way.  As a reference point our club had nearly 18,000 hours (100 hours per member) in volunteer work that first year.  Other clubs and community members had similar hours towards the project. THIS IS YOUR PARK!

The members who served on the park committee over the years (John McDarment, Phil Rasmussen, Earl Tilley, club presidents, Western Heights HOA-Linda Devine, Tim Marker, Bill Webber and others). They were there providing the guidance of the park direction every step of the way. THIS IS YOUR PARK!
Randy Zielinski and Steve King were the rocks out here every weekend. This whole thing would not have happened as smoothly as it did without the involvement of both Randy and Steve. 
Today as we dedicate this last portion of the project,  I want to thank all of you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful contribution to our community. I want to express my sincere appreciation for all of you who stepped up to make this dream come true. Thank you and please enjoy your park.
 
Grand Opening was July 7,  2005
 
Major donors:
 
  • Star Rentals (Equipment Rental)
  • WA. State DNR – Forestry Grant
  • Marson and Marson 
  • Valley Tractor (Landscaping Equipment)
  • Design Electric (Lighting)
  • United Pipe and Supply (Irrigation)
  • S&W Irrigation (Irrigation)
  • Whitebird Construction (Restroom Construction)
  • Eric Wulf Landscaping (Irrigation)
  • City of Wenatchee (Cleanup, Building Permit, Parks Crew)
  • Chelan Co PUD (Landscaping and Power)
  • J&K Earthworks (Grading)
  • Platt Electric Supply (Lighting)
  • Wenatchee Sand and Gravel (Concrete)
  • Western Materials (Restroom Blocks)
  • Mike’s Construction (Concrete Forms)
  • Basin Asphalt (Paths)
  • Mountain View Irrigation (Hydroseeding)
  • Wenatchee Petroleum (Fuel for Equipment)
  • WSU Landscape Architecture Students and Professor
  • Munson Engineers (Park Design, grading plan)
  • Wilbur Ellis (Tree Planting Supplies)
  • Western Heights Neighborhood (Trees and Volunteers)
  • LDS Church (Tree Planting)
  • Apple Valley Pumping (Portable Restroom)
  • Numerous Individual Contributions-