Stanwood and Camano Island have many local parks to enjoy holiday hikes. Almost all of them are historical parks and thanks to many years of interpretation projects, their stories are there to be read.
Our two State Parks plus a few little Island County Parks (Barnum Point, Iverson, English Boom, and Kayak Point on Port Susan are great places to observe wildlife, sunshine and possibly share your memories of the parks and how they were established.
Hutchison Park, Camano Island
On the South end of Camano Island, the Walter G. Hutchison Park was established in 1979 and is used by neighbors, walkers, and bikers and those who are just on a drive around the island. It is perhaps our smallest park with a short trail maintained by local volunteers and we know very little about it. It is located at 3227 South East Camano Drive.
We have been looking into more information to properly document its history and will update this story when we can. Contact us if you know more information.
Now it has a new feature, it’s own little library in a telephone booth managed by our park volunteers.
Walter G Hutchinson plaque dated 1979.
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Little Library in the telephone booth, South End Camano Island
September is a full month at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center. Begin your Historic Sites Tour at the Floyd and see our newly refinished floor in the main hall ! This is the first of a series of FNCC improvement projects planned for the coming years by the Stanwood Area Historical Society to continue to provide historical and cultural events in the community.
Sanding and refinishing were done by Wood Pro Floors in Stanwood.
The photo on the right shows the Floyd’s main hall from the balcony. The color will be lighter than the previous floor when sanding and refinishing are completed though not quiet as light as it is in this photograph. For the first few decades it was used by and known as the I O O F Hall. The International Order of Odd Fellows held their meetings on the 2nd floor and some of their decorations remain. For the last 15 years the hall has been successfully serving as the community’s cultural center.
New Volunteers always welcome to keep this vital institution alive!