2020 Scholarship Winners
The Board of Friends of Sand Point Magnuson Park is delighted to announce the scholarship winners for 2020 awarded to graduating seniors who are park residents.
Africa Tesfa $5,000.00
Natnael Temelso $500.00
Triniti McGee $500.00
Arturo Contreras $500.00
All of these young people are winners and it was a very difficult decision to make. They are to be congratulated for the wonderful job they have done in high school and the exciting plans they shared with us for the next five years of their lives. They have all overcome obstacles many students never face and are going forward with life with energy and four years of hard work behind them.
We had hoped to have a celebration party at the Community Center honoring them and their families but Covid made this impossible so we are still exploring with others ways to recognize them for their accomplishments. Like this announcement.
We also want to thank Solid-Ground and Mercy housing for supporting the wonderful youth advocates, Oliver and Britteny, who helped these students with their applications. When the Navy turned the park over to Parks and the City, low income housing was a required use but as Friends has always said it is more than just housing that is needed for success. Again, we are so proud of the work these students have done and wish them all the success they well deserve in the future.
A footnote If any of you know of a summer internship or job for these youth, many have had their much needed interships or jobs cancelled due to Covid including Africa.
Lynn Ferguson, President Friends of Sand Point Magnuson Park www.friendsofmagnusonpark.org
WWll Plane Artifact Found
Sand Point Plane artifact identified as Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon –
Last summer when a young sailing instructor pulled up his anchor in Pontiac Bay he had a small piece of history attached. He knew he had something special and took it home where it stayed over the summer in his garage. His mother realized it might be part of NAS Seattle’s history and called Sail Sandpoint on the former base who called Friends as keepers of the site history. We called City and State historic preservationists and the Navy even at the National level got involved in trying to solve the puzzle. Local divers helped too.
Mess Hall Large Mural
We wanted to share this mural with you courtesy of the PBY Museum. The mural was given to the museum by the children of the artist. When Sand Point Naval Air Station was decommissioned, the mural was cut down from a wall in the mess hall. It’s detail and time frame make it unique to the base history. Building 27, the Seaplane Hangar, in the mural is now Arena Sports. The ramp the PBY planes were hauled up out of Pontiac Bay is still visible near the NOAA fence and is a contributing structure in the historic district as is the Seaplane Hangar. At some point in the future it may be possible to have the mural at Sand Point. Unfortunately is in need of repair and the estimates we have are close to $75,000. Friends is committed to helping raise funds for the renovation. It is an amazing depiction of the base during WWII. If you have questions contact:
PBY Naval Air Museum
Oak Harbor, WA
www.pbymf.org and on Facebook.
Two Artists Celebrate Sand Point Aviation History
Friends has been saddened these last 20 years that there is still so little visual recognition of the important aviation and military history of Sand Point. This year we will have two artists working to celebrate this aviation history
Model Airplane Exhibit
This summer, one of our board members, Bob Lucas, will donate to Friends part of his large lifetime collection of model airplanes. Bob has researched and will have on display every plane that flew in or out of Sand Point. The display will be in a corner of the newly remodeled Brig and join our current displays honoring a member of the Seabees who served at Sand Point in the 1960’s and a PBY pilot who was stationed at Sand Point in WWll.
Visitors Interpretive Center, Old Gas Station
Friends has been hoping to have Parks designate a building for a Visitor’s Interpretative Center for 20 years. It has always been a recognized need since being turned over by the Navy in 1998. The original document identified the Old Gas Station, Building 41, as an ideal central location across from the Park office. We agree. It would be open on weekends when park staff are mostly gone and buildings with public restrooms closed. A visitor could stop to get a map, information, a cup of coffee, see a video about the park, take a nature, art or history walk or just relax. The recent increase in park use and special events on the weekends adds to the need. Friends would partner with Parks and any group within the park that would like to help raise funds for the renovation. We are currently watching while the Parks and the Tennis Center who currently hold the building in their lease, negotiate its release for public use. We plan to help with its security this summer with an art project celebrating the history of aviation on wood panels and securing the windows.