Deer Park’s population is growing and forecasts predict it will continue to do so. A question naturally arises: How can Deer Park keep its charm and character while continuing to grow?
Even before its incorporation on June 24, 1908, early residents and non-residents alike looked to Deer Park as a rural escape from Spokane. It was a community they had created for themselves while working with the Spokane Falls/Great Northern Railway, Arcadia Orchards, or Short and Crawford’s lumber mill, whose structure eventually became the city’s center. More than a century later, with few remnants of the lumber mill or orchards left, many of the town’s residents still cherish the charm, character, and “escape from the city” Deer Park provides. Many would like it to stay this way.
Megan Perkins is an artist in all walks of life. She’s a painter, a potter, and the watercolorist behind the book project, Artist’s Eye on Spokane—a compilation of watercolor paintings from 52 weeks of her year around Spokane. She is one of those people whose passion is what they live and breathe every day. In every corner of her life, artistic expression fills her time. It has trained her, she says, to be intentional in her hunt for beauty in her daily life.
With the Governor mandating budget cuts across the board, the Department of Agriculture may be forced to cut funding that supports community fairgrounds as well. These cuts, in addition to the loss of revenue from canceled events, will be hard on many fairs.
Perhaps inspired by their title character, Rosie the Riveter, Deer Park’s home link drama team overcame some big challenges and found a way to make their production come to life. In the face of changes, and the choice to either cancel yet another event or adapt, they adapted and broke the mold.
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