City to Dedicate Dudley Carter Park This Saturday

A ceremony honoring the internationally renowned woodcarver will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The City of Redmond will hold a dedication ceremony for this Saturday at 1 p.m.

City officials renamed the one-acre facility two years ago to honor Dudley Carter, an internationally regarded woodcarver who served as an artist in residence at the park prior to his death in the 1990s.

Carolyn Hope, a senior park planner for the City of Redmond, said the space, located at the corner of Leary Way and 159th Place Northeast, was previously owned by King County and known as Slough Park. Carter began serving as an artist in residence there in the 1980s after park officials found him living in Marymoor and suggested the elderly Carter move to Slough Park and live in an old rambler that was used for recreational programs.

“In exchange for living there, he provided programs to the public and classes and things like that,” Hope said.

While he lived at the park, Carter constructed a 16-by-20-foot piece replica of a Haida House—the style of dwelling used by the Haida people of British Columbia, where Carter grew up. The replica still stands today, although the rambler Carter lived in has since been demolished.

In recent years, city park officials have overseen several small improvements at the park, including the removal of overgrown shrubbery and the addition of picnic tables and informational signage. In the future, Hope said, officials would like to pursue more significant upgrades at the space.

Saturday's ceremony will include a walking tour of Carter's artwork and remarks by his family members, Mayor John Marchione, and members of the Snoqualmie tribe. Paul “Che oke ten” Wagner, an award-winning Native American storyteller and flutist, will also participate.

For parking directions and additional details about the ceremony, visit the city's webpages. More information about Carter can be found on the Redmond Historical Society's website.


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