Anderson Island, Washington
Park and Recreation District

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"The Old School House" (Wide-Awake Hollow) and Tom White Park

 Located at the intersection of Eckenstam-Johnson Road and 108th Street

"The Old School House"  and surrounding property was donated by the Anderson Island School District prior to its dissolution in 1968.  The park includes Wide-Awake Hollow, the oldest one-room schoolhouse in Pierce County, several outbuildings, and a tennis/pickle ball/basketball court.   The "Old School House" is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. "The Old Schoolhouse" itself is privately operated as a membership exercise/fitness facility.  It provides an essential finess and social opportunity for many island residents in keeping with a District goal of providing a variety of healthy recreational opportunities.  It is leased from the Park District by a private contractor.  The contractor is Wendy Field 253-884-9261.

The building was recently restored and a foundation constructed with a matching grant from Pierce County.

The Park District is also working with a "Bat" expert to protect a bat colony in the attic of the School House.

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Tennis/Pickle Ball/Basketball Court:  The Park District recently had the surface of the court resurfaced and stripped to accommodate tennis and pickle ball play. Use of the court and grounds including play equipment is free and not part of the athletic facility.  Rich Young and Shari Jones have reserved the court for free pickle ball lessons and play Tuesday's and Friday's from 9:00 am to 11:00 am beginning May 1st and ending October 1st.  Rich and Shari have equipment you can use while there and they provide instruction and oversee play.  You may contact them at shajones3@msn.com 623-512-3525, or rich.young23@hotmail.com 253-884-6467.

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Contact Park Commissioner: RIck Anderson 253-884-4922, rickanderson@harbornet.com

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