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Evergreen Field, 59S Closes For Good  
User currently offlineStretch From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 51 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 4098 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.

Stretch

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User currently offlineScintx From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 270 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3966 times:

Quoting Stretch (Thread starter):

Stretch,

I'm up in Portland this week for a job interview. I moved from Vancouver three years ago. I can't remember where Evergreen is. Is this the one on Millplain? Thanks



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User currently offlineStretch From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

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.

Stretch


User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4036 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

So the NIMBYS finally won huh? Even though the airport had been there since before many of them were born...

Now, is this only one runway, or the whole field?


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3819 times:

It'll make a fine strip mall  Wink I heard that was the extent of what the owner's kids wanted out of the property, anyways...

Too bad, I'll miss it. Wonder when the hole in the inner circle of PDX's class C airspace disappears?



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User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3077 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3807 times:

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 ....

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3794 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  sarcastic  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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User currently offlineStretch From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3783 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.


User currently offlineStretch From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3779 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 6):
Last I heard, there were still several dilapidated carcasses of GA aircraft on the field (mostly fabric-winged taildraggers). What will become of those?

A friend out there called me and said that they will be destroyed tonight if not moved by 8pm. After 8pm, property becomes the new developers baby.


User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 3764 times:

Quoting Stretch (Reply 8):
A friend out there called me and said that they will be destroyed tonight if not moved by 8pm. After 8pm, property becomes the new developers baby.

Anyone know the legality of aircraft abandonment/salvage? This might be an opportunity for some fellow a.netters in the PDX area to become an aircraft owner...



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User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9603 posts, RR: 69
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3688 times:
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PHOTO SCREENER

Is this the field with the Eastern DC-3? If so, what will happen to it?

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3673 times:

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 10):
Is this the field with the Eastern DC-3? If so, what will happen to it?

Negative, that's VUO (Pearson Field...)



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User currently offlineScintx From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 270 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 3542 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.

Stretch

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.

Steve



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User currently offlineHPRamper From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4036 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 3492 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.


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