Twin Bridges County Park Revitalized for Family Fun in Grays Harbor
As the sun climbs higher in the sky, enjoy Grays Harbor’s natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities at the newly upgraded Twin Bridges County Park. Known informally as the “Elks Picnic Grounds,” Grays Harbor County renamed the area last June when it took control of the park after a long-term, long-expired lease with the Aberdeen Elks was officially terminated. The “twin bridges” moniker comes from two bridges – one spanning a railroad and the other a county bridge. The name goes back about 50 years.
“For years and years, the kids all called it ‘Twin Bridges.’ They would jump off the bridges into the river in the summer,” comments Mark Cox, Grays Harbor County Utilities and Facilities Supervisor,
The bridges aren’t side-by-side, but the name stuck.
According to Cox, the area used to be the old county “poor farm, like a homeless work camp.” He says the county work crews have discovered “all sorts of interesting historical facts” while sprucing up the park, like coal and concrete. He surmises that the concrete may have been for road projects. The land was originally property of Grays Harbor County. It’s now set to re-open to the public, just in time for summer.
Tourist and family-friendly features include:
Easy entrance and egress on a newly graveled roundabout
Full-time caretaker on-site
8 old, refurbished wooden picnic tables with 6 new metal ones on order
Direct access to the Wynoochee River
ADA accessible portable toilet
Several hundred feet of gravel bar with a gentle decline
No sharp drop-offs into deep water (swim at your own risk)
Cox adds, “The fast side of the river is on the other side (of the park), so there’s safe wading for the little ones.” He also notes that the Wynoochee River that wraps around the park is clean. Read more here: www.graysharbortalk.com/2016/05/18/twin-bridges-county-park/
The Northwest’s premier outdoor adventure magazine – Horns and Hooks – in conjunction with Y.O.U. (Youth Outdoors Unlimited) will be having it’s annual fishing derby September 20th through the 22nd in Grays Harbor Bay.
Tickets are available in advance at Horns and Hooks in Montesano, all Dennis Company locations, and Harbor Saw and Supply. Tickets will be available the day of the event at the Westport, Johns River, and 28th Street launch locations. Daily tickets will be sold at $10 per day and $20 for a three day pass.
Families of all ages are encouraged to attend while volunteers and potential sponsors are encouraged to contact Horns and Hooks to contribute to the event.
Horns and Hooks hosts this annual derby to promote and encourage sport fishing in Grays Harbor while benefiting children with life threatening conditions. Cash and prizes will be given away on all three days and part of the events proceeds will go directly to Youth Outdoors Unlimited.
Saturday will spotlight the Y.O.U. Kids as they are taken fishing by volunteer guides for the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoor experience that Grays Harbor has to offer.
To volunteer your time to the event please contact Horns and Hooks.
Horns and Hooks would like to thank everyone involved including: North Fork Customs, Verle’s, U.S. Marine, The Islander, Deep Sea Charters, Willapa Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Ocean Crest Resort, and Grays Harbor Tourism.
Horns and Hooks Retail Location: 100 W. Brumfield Ave. Suite #4 Montesano WA, 98563
Got a hot rod you want to show off? Or do you wish you did? Then don’t miss the 5th annual “Heat on the Street” Custom Car & Motorcycle Show hosted by the Elma Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, August 3rd.
The show actually begins with a Cruise-In on Friday night, August 2nd. Generously hosted by Jason Olsen and family, the Cruise-In takes place at the Edward Jones parking lot beginning at 6:00 p.m. All participants registering cars will be treated to hot dogs, soft drinks, and entertainment. The first 100 receive an official Cruise-In dash plaque. Plus, new this year, the event includes a poker run with the chance to win big prizes!
Saturday, the Show & Shine runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and takes place on Main Street in Elma, showcasing cards in the best parking in town! The show includes awards, music, raffle, vendors, food, beer garden and more. For only $10 the first 250 pre-registered vehicles receive T-shirts, dash plaques, Grays Harbor Raceway ticket, raffle ticket and other goodies. Public Admission to the car show is free.
Thanks to Cut Rate Auto Parts, City of Elma, and Grays Harbor Tourism for sponsoring this event. For more information visit www.elmachamber.org or call 360-482-3055. See you there!