1919 home demolished to make way for city park
A 94-year-old house on the 600 block of 4th Street off of the Mukilteo Speedway was demolished on Sept. 10 so that the site can be turned into a city park.
A longtime Mukilteo family donated the 0.36-acre parcel of land and their 1919 two-story house last year to the city. The property has an unobstructed panoramic view of Lighthouse Park and the waterfront.
The owner of the property, Robert Byers, offered the land to the city free of charge on the condition that it be used as parkland.
The Park and Arts Commission has been brainstorming park and landscaping ideas for the future Byers Family Park. A landscape architect has provided a conceptual plan for free.
With the land, Byers is including a $10,000 donation and the promise of $1,200 a year for on-going maintenance of the site, up to $10,000 more.
It cost the city about $13,000 to demolish the house. The commission estimates it could cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 to transform the property into a park.
Landscape architect Nicolas Morin of Barker Landscape Architects has drawn up a plan that includes a raised boardwalk around the perimeter of the property, a central patio, benches and gardens. Some trees also will be removed to improve the view.
There are also plans to install a commemorative plaque signed by the Byers family that says, “We all enjoyed the view, we hope you do, too.”
After the house was demolished, crews found newspapers from 1924 in the wreckage. The papers had likely been used as insulation in the walls.
There were several – including the Seattle P.I., The Herald and The Seattle Times – dating back to January, April and May 1924.