2021 NW 190th Street, Shoreline

© Steve Brown, Joe Gobin and Andy Wilbur, Welcoming Figure, 1998, Cast bronze, King County Public Art Collection, Photo by Joe Manfredini

This waterfront park, located in northwest King County, evokes both Native American heritage and industrial history of the Richmond community. A cast bronze ‘Welcoming Figure’ designed in the Coast Salish style welcomes visitors to the park. Carved by Steve Brown, Joe Gobin and Andy Wilbur out of red cedar, the sculpture honors the importance of waterways and canoeing in Salish culture. For thousands of years the beach was a campsite for local people who traveled in dugout canoes to harvest clams and shellfish. Later, the beach was also used for “ship breaking,” in which salvage companies brought old wooden vessels to the site and burned them to recover their metal. For more information on points of interest in the area, download a free Destination Maritime brochure.

The month of May is hoppin’ in Richmond Beach, with plenty of outdoor activities for the young and old (or young at heart) alike:
Embrace Shoreline Schools Day – Saturday, May 12, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, Syre Elementary School, 19545 12th Avenue NW. Beautify your local school, meet a neighbor, inspire a child to learn at the fifth annual Embrace Shoreline Schools Day. Parents, students, neighbors, church members and businesses are all welcome. The goal is to enhance student learning and appreciation for their school. Bring your own labeled gardening tools and gloves for greening activities.Anderson home-built boat © 1910, courtesy of Shoreline Historical Museum

13th annual Strawberry Festival – Saturday, May 12, 2012, Noon to 5:00 p.m., Richmond Beach Community Park, 2201 NW 197th Street. Enjoy local music and food for all ages at the Strawberry Festival! Delight in the handcrafted items including jewelry, textiles, ceramics, photography and original art at the Arts and Crafts Show. Check out cars of yesteryear at the Car Show, or explore plants in the unique, naturalistic Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. For a full list of activities visit www.richmondbeachwa.org/strawberryfestival.
Community Garage Sale – Saturday, May 19, 2012, throughout Richmond Beach community. This year the RBCA will help coordinate advertising by publicizing the event on various websites and through our paper. If you plan on holding a sale or would like more information on attending, visit www.richmondbeachwa.org/garagesale.

Images: (Top) © Steve Brown, Joe Gobin and Andy Wilbur, Welcoming Figure, 1998, Cast bronze, King County Public Art Collection, Photo by Joe Manfredini. (Bottom) Anderson home-built boat © 1910, courtesy of Shoreline Historical Museum.