Quiet Little North Bonneville is Making Some Noise

By Rick Roach

We recently moved to the charming little town of North Bonneville, Washington and are starting to become acquainted with our neighbors. Since part of the mission of the paper is to promote Gorge communities and businesses we are starting with the community in which we live.

North Bonneville is a beautiful place with picturesque scenery of mountains and evergreen trees in every direction. A master planned community with twelve miles of lighted paved trails, and a disc golf course, it is situated adjacent to the Beacon Rock golf course and Pierce National Wildlife Refuge as well as numerous nearby hiking trails. The small town has an interesting history which includes its transplantation in the early 1970’s due to the construction of the second powerhouse at the Bonneville Dam.

An event that happened shortly after we moved in was the Birds of Prey 5k run sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Running Club and benefitting the cross-country running team at Stevenson High School. The event was an encouraging example of the community spirit and commitment of its’ citizens to support their youth.

A recent meeting by the city council proved that the mayor and city councilors are forward-thinking about developing the community by voting to earmark about $250,000 in tourism funds as seed money to construct an approximate $1.1 million dollar Adventure Park playground in collaboration with the Bonneville Trails Foundation (more details next issue). The park will serve as a family friendly hub for tourism activities in the Gorge.

An upcoming event, the 15th annual North Bonneville Gorge Days, during July 4th – 6th 2019, promises to be a fun-filled event complete with a parade, community games, cook-offs/contests, movie in the park, car show, vendor booths and food vendors, a kid zone, beer tent, live bands and an interactive scavenger hunt! Contact Deanna Syron (360) 949-3347 or gorgedaysfestival@gmail.com for information or visit: https://northbonnevillegorgedays.net/

We want to give a shout-out to Karlyn and Norman Woods with a sandwich/deli/small grocery store called the Hungry Sasquatch Specialty Meats and Sandwiches as they begin their venture as business owners at 102 CBD A4 in North Bonneville (see the sign as you enter town for directions).

They have a specialty meat counter, light grocery, custom sandwiches, and fresh baked desserts at great prices.

Contact (509) 427-5395 or visit their Facebook page: Hungry Sasquatch Meats and Sandwiches LLC for more info.

Local artist Kim Puckett has recently opened Expressatory Community Art Studio at 390 Evergreen Drive, Suite A, in North Bonneville with open studio times and collaborative art/crafting events. Wednesday May 29 at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm is the next open studio time with an evening event on the same day beginning at 5:30 pm to create a journal from re-purposed supplies. There is also a Parent/Child Father’s Day card making workshop coming up on June 14th at 6:00 pm. Contact Kim at 971-222-7498 or expressatory@gmail.com for details and to register for events.