Mason City Memorial Park Playground - Coulee Dam, WA
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N 47° 57.956 W 118° 58.559
11T E 352506 N 5314403
Quick Description: A twice named park in a twice named town is Mason City Memorial Park.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 1/18/2019 2:51:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMZXE4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
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Long Description:
In support of the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, the town of Coulee Dam was established to house the workers and service providers required, and later those who would operate the dam. This, the portion of the town in Okanogan County, on the northeast side of the Columbia River, came to be known as Mason City. It seems today to again be known as Coulee Dam, most of the portion across the river now known as Grand Coulee, with the town of Electric City further west.

This little park, originally named Mead Park, was renamed Mason City Memorial Park at an unknown time, possibly during the visit of Harry Truman in 1950. In the northwest corner of the park is Presidential Plaza, a small fieldstone based area with three small plaques mounted on irregularly shaped granite stones, commemorating the visits of two presidents: that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt on October 2, 1937 and Harry S. Truman on May 11, 1950. Roosevelt addressed a crowd of 10,000 here, while Truman unveiled a plaque dedicating the lake behind Grand Coulee Dam as Franklin D. Roosevelt Lake.

Behind Presidential Plaza is a grassed area in which is a wood carving containing several animals and birds, carved with a chainsaw by Jacob Lucas from a tree which was blown down during a windstorm in July 0f 2012. A second, smaller, carving of a salmon has since been removed from the park. Further east in the park is a bicentennial tree, planted on April 14, 1976.

Behind the bicentennial tree and beside the visitor centre is a children's playground. With a pea gravel base, the playground has swings in one corner and a large jungle gym apparatus with a couple of slides and all manner of objects and obstacles for climbing. The playground was financed by part of a $90,000 grant from Okanogan County in 2004. For some reason the town wanted to repay the grant, but we were unable to discover whether they did repay it. In the visitor centre are public washrooms, available for use by playground patrons.

Also in the park are a couple of picnic tables. Parking, even for large RVs, is available nearby. To the west is an extension to the park, Freedom Park, which is a great place from which to view the nightly laser light show in the summer.

Coulee Dam History
Coulee Dam is a town in Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan counties in the State of Washington. The Douglas County portion of Coulee Dam is part of the Wenatchee-East Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Okanogan County portion lies within the Colville Indian Reservation, and forms the southern limit of the Okanogan Highlands. The population was 1098 as of the 2010.

Coulee Dam was founded by the U.S Bureau of Reclamation in 1933, to serve as headquarters for construction of the Grand Coulee dam. The Okanogan County portion was known as Mason City, location of the head contractor. The Portions in Douglas and Grant Counties was known as Engineers Town and was government owned. In 1942 with the end of the contract in sight, CBI transferred control of Mason City to the Municipal Division of the Columbia Basin Project. In 1948 Mason City was incorporated in Coulee Dam. Government began the process of selling the town to the public in 1957, finishing in 1959.

It is the headquarters of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, and home of one of the world's largest man-made piles of sand, a 12,000,000-cubic-yard (9,200,000 m3), 230-foot (70 m)-high hill remaining from dam construction.
From the Town of Coulee Dam

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Hours of Operation: From: 6:00 AM To: 10:00 PM

Seasonal?: no

Restrooms Available: yes

Recommended for travelers?: yes

Business?: no

Entrance Fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Playground Owned/Managed By:
Town of Coulee Dam

Playground Web Page: [Web Link]

Park Entrance: Not Listed

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