Marysville invites citizens to give city park a name

MARYSVILLE — Marysville residents are being asked to put on their thinking caps, because if any of them have a gift for names, the city has a park that needs one.

In 2002, the city's Parks Department acquired six acres of property known as the Doleshel Tree Farm. For several years, the Doleshel family operated a small Christmas tree farm during the holidays at the property, located on 67th Avenue NE near Kellogg Marsh Elementary.

Over the course of the past three years, volunteers with the Marysville Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other community members have donated hundreds of hours to clearing, cleaning and adding improvements to the site that will become a passive park when it opens later this year, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jim Ballew.

The city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is seeking help from community members for name ideas. The Park Board has submitted three names to get the contest going:

• Rita Matheny Park, in recognition of the former Marysville mayor.

• Doleshel Tree Farm Park, recognizing its former use and ownership.

• Don Arndt Park, in recognition of slain police officer Don Arndt.

The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15. The Park Board will make its final recommendation to the City Council. The winner will be credited in city media for the winning name, and invited to cut the ribbon with Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring when the park opens later this year.

Suggestions may be emailed to, voted on at the city's website at or postal-mailed directly to Marysville Parks and Recreation, 6915 Armar Rd., Marysville, WA 98270. For more information, contact Marysville Parks and Recreation at 360-363-8400.

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