Opening of Whimsy Park celebrated today

SEQUIM — Whimsy Park, a new temporary gathering place in Sequim, will be opened today with a ribbon-cutting and live music.

The park is on what was a vacant lot on East Washington Street between Jose’s Famous Salsa and The Rusting Rooster.

The celebration will begin at 5 p.m., with the ribbon-cutting at 5:15 p.m. Live music by the Malcolm Clark Band will be performed until 7 p.m.

Organizer Ken Stringer said the Community Plus project was started last fall to create a place for people to get together.

The park cost between $7,000 and $10,000 from donated materials and services.

Stringer said he contacted the owner of the lot, Bill Littlejohn; Diana Young-Thompson, who owns the building on the lot; and Jose Garcia, owner of Jose’s Famous Salsa, which occupies the building and proposed turning the lot into a temporary park.

The park was built to accommodate the Sequim Farmers Market on summer Saturdays and will be the site of the first farmers market of the season at the park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday during the first weekend of the Sequim Irrigation Festival.

Stringer said the park will remain open until Littlejohn decides he wants to develop the lot.

For more information, see sequim communityplus.com/whimsy-park-ready-open or contact Stringer at communityplus.sequim@gmail.com.

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