Lakewood Park may be renamed after longtime advocate Dick Thurnau

Working with several community groups, King County Councilmember Joe McDermott is proposing an ordinance that would rename White Center’s Lakewood Park in honor of its longtime advocate, the late Dick Thurnau.

Thurnau – who passed away in May, 2014 – had been a friend, mentor and “car go to guy” in the White Center community for many. He also formed “Friends of Hicklin Lake” with the help of his partner, Marcia Wollam, advocating to clean up the lake water as well as petitioning successfully to rename the lake to honor original settler Leonard Hicklin.

Thurnau’s group also welcomed the Technology Access Foundation as “a creative addition to the park and a great way for future generations to prepare themselves for successful careers,” according to a statement.

“This as an opportunity to create a legacy for someone who worked so hard to improve a struggling aspect of the community into something that could be widely enjoyed by many,” McDermott said in a statement. “Although the request and initial push for this was done by numerous community groups, I invite you to spread word of the ordinance to the rest of the community.”

Lakewood Park is located at 11050 10th Ave SW, and it currently serves as home to a Disc Golf course.

McDermott adds that the ordinance will likely go before the King County Council not long after its summer recess, which concluded this week.

Here is the ordinance in its current form, having already been reviewed by the community groups who requested it:

1 AN ORDINANCE renaming Lakewood Park in honor of
2 Dick Thurnau, to recognize his service, dedication and
3 profound influence in the White Center community.
6 1. Dick Thurnau was born on February 17, 1925 in Pingree Grove, Illinois; and
7 8
9 3. Dick married Helen Grisham on April 25, 1946, and the two traveled by train
10 from Illinois to Seattle on their honeymoon to start a new life together; and
11 12 13 14 15
16 5. Dick was employed by Mack Trucks for 30 years, working his way up to
17 Manager of Service Engineering for the Mack Western Division in Hayward,
18 California before retiring in 1980 and returning to his home near Lakewood Park;
19 and
20 6. Dick was an expert woodworker and master mechanic and generously used both
21 talents to benefit family and friends; Dick has been a friend, mentor and “car go to
22 guy” in the White Center community for many; and
23 7. Dick formed Friends of Hicklin Lake with the help of his partner, Marcia
24 Wollam, advocating to clean up the lake water and petitioning successfully to
25 rename the lake to properly honor original settler Leonard Hicklin; and
26 8. The Friends also welcomed the Technology Access Foundation as a creative
27 addition to the park and a great way for future generations to prepare themselves
28 for successful careers; and
2. Dick graduated from Seattle’s Edison Technical Institute and served in the U.S.
Army in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1946; and
4. Dick lived in the Lakewood Park neighborhood for more than four decades and raised four children there – Cheri, Kathleen, Marvin, and Terry – who, in their youth, leafleted the neighborhood for park-based events organized by their Dad; the family now includes eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; and
29 9. Our community owes Dick a debt of gratitude for his local volunteer work and
30 his service to our country in World War II; and
31 10. Dick established a lasting legacy of support and advocacy for Hicklin Lake,
32 Lakewood Park, and the White Center community he loves; and the
33 11. Renaming of Lakewood Park in honor of Dick Thurnau is supported by
34 multiple community organizations; Friends of Hicklin Lake, Friends of North
35 Shorewood Park, North Highline UAC, Puget Soundkeeper, Technology Access
36 Foundation, White Center CDA, White Center Chamber of Commerce, White
37 Center Jubilee Days, White Center Kiwanis, YES Foundation of White Center.

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