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Gold Park

6421 200th Street SouthwestGold Park
Neighborhood Park - 6.44 Acres

Located in south Lynnwood, Gold Park is preserved as forested open space, with trails, grassy clearings and a seasonal stream. The park features a variety of Northwest native plants, such as ferns, salal, fairybells, trillium, bleeding heart, and huckleberries. Community volunteers have built nature trails through the park, and help keep the invasive plant population under control.  

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Features

  • Forested Area
  • Seasonal Stream
  • "Stolja Ali" Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden
  • Native Plants with Interpretive Signage
  • Grass Meadows
  • Picnic Areas
  • Nature Trails (0.14 miles)
  • Wildlife Habitat
  • Parking

History

In 1954, Barbara and Morris Gold bought the property and built a 5-bedroom house for their family. Dr. Gold ran an obstetrics practice in the house until 1982. To protect their forested land from development, the Gold family sold it to the City of Lynnwood in 1997, on the condition the property would be preserved as a park. The City purchased the land with a Snohomish County Conservation Futures grant, which requires Gold Park to remain a passive park with no active recreational uses.

"Stolja Ali" Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden

In 2010, students in the Learn-n-serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) at Edmonds Community College adopted Gold Park. In partnership with the Snohomish Tribe of Indians, the school has worked to improve the trail system, and developed the "Stolja Ali" Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden that showcases native plants of the Coast Salish Tribe, and their modern uses and roles in restoration and ecology. These volunteer efforts have improved the park's environment, creating a healthier ecosystem, and an educational experience for the community.

Recent Volunteer Projects

On January 21, 2013, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, the LEAF School hosted a Coast Salish storytelling, native planting and invasive species removal work party at "Stolja Ali" Place of Medicine Ethnobotanical Garden. The Snohomish Tribe of Indians welcomed, greeted and encouraged the volunteers with singing, dancing and joke telling, and shared Coast Salish teachings about plants and people.  Community support  for the event was provided by Natives United in Journey, Spirit Walk, the Blue Heron Canoe Family, REI Alderwood, Ivar's of Northgate and Caffe Ladro, with donated refreshments, t-shirts and water bottles for the volunteers. A total 237 volunteers contributed 1,008 hours of service that day, planting 160 native species in the garden, removing approximately 5 tons of invasive plant, collecting 15 bags of trash, and installing 24 new cedar sign posts. Volunteers came from the Edmonds and Everett Community Colleges, AmeriCorps, Indian Education Program at Edmonds School District, University of Washington, Global Peace Youth Corps, United Way, Boeing, Snohomish Tribe of Indians and the City of Lynnwood.