Stretch From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 51 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5128 times:
Tuesday, July 18th, 2006 the beloved Evergreen Field, home to the one and only Wally Olson will close at 8pm PDT.
If you have ever been to this field, flown with Wally, please share your thoughts.
In my humble opinion, this is one of the greatest attractions to the Southwest Washington aviation history! It tears my heart up to hear of her closing for good, all for the almighty tax dollar (thanks to you City of Vancouver). I spent many summers washing planes for ride time, many evenings just watching the Taylorcrafts floating in on a light summer breeze, dreaming of the days I too could be like that.
Good bye 59S, I really love that little piece of heaven.
KELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6833 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4824 times:
Quoting RwSEA (Reply 5): It's not exactly a case of NIMBY's - rather, the inheritants of the land simply wanted to sell. It's a prime piece of real estate ....
Is it? Just what Vancouver, WA needs...another strip mall I don't think anyone would want a residence along Mill Plain (at least that part). I think that the kids of the former owner were quite greedy...when did fuel service stop? I heard they did that to try to get the tenants of the field to move elsewhere.
Last I heard, there were still several dilapidated carcasses of GA aircraft on the field (mostly fabric-winged taildraggers). What will become of those?
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Stretch From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4813 times:
Quoting KELPkid (Reply 4): I heard that was the extent of what the owner's kids wanted out of the property, anyways...
The local tax authority, City of Vancouver, has put the squeeze on the family since Wally's death. They are a bunch of power/money hungry NIMBY's who want nothing but prime tax dollars fluffing their coffers. His kids wanted to keep this airfield running for years and years.
Quoting HPRamper (Reply 3): Now, is this only one runway, or the whole field?
The North-South will remain open due to a lawsuit that was won by the homeowners association there.
Scintx From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 270 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4572 times:
Quoting Stretch (Reply 2): That'd be the one. Just past 136th and Mill Plain. I don't know if there is the old photos of the field from 1945 or not, but great memories.
This is really sad news. I use to watch the yellow J-Cub fly in there. What a great place this was. Glad I at least had the chance to see it. There was a small grass airfield not far away. It's off of Mill Plain same street the Library and Post Office are. You have to do a few turns on some residential streets and then this small grass airfield in a neighborhood. I wonder if that is still there? I could see the NIMBY's blowing a gasket over that! Thanks for the info.
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HPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4964 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (9 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4522 times:
Quoting Scintx (Reply 12): There was a small grass airfield not far away. It's off of Mill Plain same street the Library and Post Office are. You have to do a few turns on some residential streets and then this small grass airfield in a neighborhood. I wonder if that is still there?
I think that's actually the N-S runway of Evergreen, the one I suppose is remaining open? If you drive up 136th next to the transit center and look behind you you can see a piece of it until a wall gets in the way. Very small.