Edmonds City Council names park near ferry terminal in honor of reserve officer who directed traffic nearby

Dick Anway just prior to his retirement
Richard “Dick” Anway just prior to his retirement

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to name a small park located next to the Edmonds Ferry holding lanes after the late Edmonds reserve police officer who spent much of his time directing traffic there, as well as volunteering for many other community causes.

The SR104 mini park.
The SR104 mini park.

The council followed a recommendation by the Edmonds Planning Board to call the SR 104 mini-park, located at 131 Sunset Ave., Richard F. Anway Park.

The park’s namesake, the late Richard “Dick” Anway, served as an Edmonds Police Department Reserve Officer for 36 years. He volunteered throughout the decades patrolling the streets of Edmonds and assisting with community events such as the 4th of July, Halloween, Taste of Edmonds and the Arts Festival. He was known for being willing to work ferry traffic during holidays so that the regular officers could have those days off with their families.

Anway, who died in February 2011 at age 67, was also the city’s final reserve officer; the program ended with his retirement in 2009.

Planning Board member Neil Tibbott, who presented the name recommendation to the council, acknowledged that the board gave strong consideration to another naming suggestion — Veterans Memorial Park, which many local veterans organizations had lobbied for.

“We found that to be a very compelling possibility,” Tibbott said. “However, we did not think that that particular location was conducive for public gatherings. It’s a rather small park, there’s no place for parking, if people wanted to gather, it really would be not the place for that type of memorial. Alongside the ferry traffic, with crowds and exhaust fumes, we didn’t that was a thoughtful or particularly reflective place for people to gather for a memorial.”

The board “would like to look into the future for another possible park naming opportunity for Veterans Memorial or another public location where we can give honor to our veterans,” he added.

Mayor Earling starts audience applause for Terry Vehrs and John McGibbon Tuesday night.
Mayor Earling starts audience applause for Terry Vehrs and John McGibbon Tuesday night.

A plaque will be installed at the park honoring Anway’s public service. Tibbott also said he hoped that additional amenities could be added to the Richard F. Anway park, such as a small stage, that travelers can enjoy.

The council also:

– Heard a proclamation from Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling honoring Terry Vehrs and John McGibbon for their service on the Edmonds Public Facilities District Board.

– Postponed until July 30 a closed record review of a parcel rezone at 403 and 405 3rd Ave. N. The postpone was due to unavailability of online records during the council meeting because of technical difficulties.

– Heard a presentation by Public Works Director Phil Williams on the 2013 Sanitary Sewer Comprehensive Plan, which outlined reasons why Williams will be returning to the council in a few weeks with a proposal to increase sewer rates. A public hearing will be scheduled on the proposal prior to the council taking any action, Williams said.

– Approved an ordinance authorizing the city to sell $16.2 million in bonds to pay for water and sewer system improvements.

– Heard a report from City Finance Director Roger Neumaier that the city’s budget forecast is looking more positive, thanks to the improving economy and the city’s efforts to cut staff and discretionary spending. He cautioned, however, that maintaining that level of budget reduction isn’t sustainable long-term, given the deferred maintenance and cutbacks in city services that have been implemented.

– Approved a resolution adopting Robert’s Rules of Order as the City Council’s new rules procedure.

– Approved by a 4-3 vote a proposal by Council President Lora Petso to restore $15,000 cut from the city parks budget for irrigation.

– Heard a quarterly report on the Edmonds Center for the Arts.




4 Replies to “Edmonds City Council names park near ferry terminal in honor of reserve officer who directed traffic nearby”

  1. I hope to learn more and get a better understanding from the minutes once they are posted, why the city has to spend $15,000 instead of save it. It appears to be back to the old way of doing business…if you get a little surplus or things are “looking more positive,” let’s spend more. Although this is a relatively small amount compared to the entire budget, it is this kind of thought process and $ management that got the city budget in a bind in the first place. Standing by for the levy request later this year.


  2. My apologies for not going into more detail in this story, but the discussion focused on the fact that when the irrigation budget was reduced, the city was not anticipating such a dry summer. Apparently, there is some long-term root damage that could occur to the grass if it gets very dry and experiences heavy activity, necessitating lawn replacement, which could cost more in the long run. Councilmembers Peterson and Yamamoto made the same point you are making.


  3. Interesting – then either the previous decision or the current decision was misinformed/flawed. Normal rainfall for May/June is 3.51″; this year we got 3.68″. Doesn’t seem “so dry.” Normals for July and August are 0.70″ and 0.88″ respectively, which means it’s usually always dry. If these numbers were used to make the original tough decision to reduce irrigation, then what has changed since then? It seems the only thing that has really changed is that there may now be a surplus in the budget (get money, spend money). It appears that three of the councilmembers understand this is flawed thinking.

    P.S. @MyEdmondsNews – thank you for the additional information and for covering the meetings.


  4. Now that fall is here, I thought I’d look back at the decision by the city staff and council to “restore” $15000 cut from the city parks budget for irrigation. The original reduction was made during last year’s comprehensive budget process. I would assume the cut was analyzed based on our normal summer rainfall. But, the restoration was made in July after a discussion at the council where anecdotes (such as “its’ been so dry”) played the major role. As I pointed out in my July comment above, actual weather data showed that rainfall was pretty normal up to that point. So now that fall has arrived, was this a dry summer? NWS Seattle shows total rainfall for Jun through Sept 21 was 5.49 inches; average is 4.24 inches. In view of average or better precipitation, did the Parks Dept do the extra irrigation anyway? Probably, since they were given the money. But, if they didn’t, then have they given it back so that it can be put into reserves? I can’t find any mention of it in the minutes of any committee or the council, so probably not. If the staff just has to spend that money instead of saving it, why not shift it over to street maintenance and fix some potholes? I have a couple of rim-bending candidates in my neighborhood, I’m sure other readers do too.


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