Memorial Park - Pateros, WA
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N 48° 03.185 W 119° 53.947
11U E 283971 N 5326266
Quick Description: Along the Columbia River in downtown Pateros, Memorial Park is just one of five in the little town of Pateros.
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 2/6/2019 10:57:04 PM
Waymark Code: WM1016G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
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Long Description:
As of May 27, 2017 the major attraction in the park became the Memorial to the Methow, a memorial created by artist Smoker Marchand. It is dedicated to the Methow people of the area, after whom the nearby Methow River is named. The memorial is comprised of a metal sculpture of an Indian spearing salmon while mounted on a horse standing in the river, with fish swimming in the river at the horse's feet. The memorial is landscaped with river worn stones, boulders, large pieces of driftwood and tall grasses. Nearby is a teepee and an informational plaque entitled

Sacred Salmon
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For the Methow and other people in the Columbia River Basin, salmon are an integral and sacred part of the culture.

Eyewitness accounts celebrate a river so full of returning salmon a person could walk across the river atop the backs of clustered fish. Methow fishermen harvested salmon by the thousands during seasonal runs. The valuable salmon were dried for winter food and used as trade currency with neighboring tribes.

Methow Salmon Chiefs organized traditional salmon harvests, where the people used sophisticated technologies to sustainably harvest this valuable resource. Sustainable practices ensured equal distribution of the harvest and continued future salmon runs. The people considered salmon their very lifeblood. To this day, Native Americans celebrate the annual salmon return as a continuation of life along the Pacific Northwest rivers.

At the opposite end of the park is the children's playground. It consists of a metal and plastic jungle gym with a plethora of attachments. Beside it is a climbing apparatus sunk halfway in the ground, made to resemble the paddle wheel of a sternwheeler, a great many of which passed this spot before the coming of the railroad. Nearby are the restrooms and some benches for the older folk.

Elsewhere in the park are a large Washington State historical marker on a wooden sign board, a fountain dedicated to Pateros developer Chris Steiner, benches, picnic tables, two picnic shelters, one with a small kitchen and an outdoor barbecue, free showers and restroom facilities.

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Hours of Operation: From: 7:00 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 Pateros


Playground Web Page: [Web Link]

Park Entrance: Not Listed

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