Letters to the Editor

Letter: Sacajawea State Park is its beautiful self again

Recently, two letters complained about the embarrassing conditions at our only state park. What a difference a month, a fixed sprinkler system, and the efforts of a group of committed volunteers along with park staff can make.

The Friends of Sacajawea State Park called an All-Hands-Clean-The-Park Saturday the week before Heritage Days on Sept. 25-26. The park was its beautiful self again.

On Friday, while visiting the exhibits of Native American and pioneer culture and crafts, about 250 of the 1,600 school children made charcoal rubbings of the plants, animals and fish engraved on the polished stone of the Story Circles at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers and learned what confluence means.

The Story Circles are one of six public art installations along the river system traveled by Lewis and Clark, designed by Maya Lin (architect of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.), constructed and maintained by the non-profit Confluence that connects people to place through art and education.

On Saturday, some of those children brought their families for the free day at the park and rubbed another work of art to take home. We hope they, like the salmon in Coyote’s story, will return every year.

Chuck Eaton