There were two significant dedications this past weekend — Horse Lake Reserve and Pybus Public Market — that highlight what a bright future is ahead for the Wenatchee Valley.
On Saturday morning, a group gathered to dedicate the Horse Lake Reserve, a stunning piece of property that is a key part of the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust’s Foothills Campaign.
Retired physicians Tina and Eliot Scull made a $1 million gift from the estate of his late mother, Patricia Scull. Next to the trailhead up Horse Lake Road, a basalt column monument was placed, with the following words inscribed: “Dedicated to a great lady — a conservationist before her time.”
Scull talked about the conservation work his mother had done in Maine to perpetuate a rare species of flower. He recalled that when she visited Wenatchee she was stunned by the open spaces that we enjoy. It’s those open spaces to the west of Wenatchee which are part of the Land Trust’s $8.1 million campaign to maintain recreation trails, provide for mule deer habitat and other conservation goals. It’s a gift that will be appreciated for generations to come.
Later that day, Pybus Public Market was officially dedicated. It, too, is going to change the valley in years to come. It provides a place for the community to gather on a regular basis and is providing stimulus for the local economy by being a true destination for not only locals but for visitors to the area.
With further development of the riverfront and the ability to enjoy the open spaces, the valley is well positioned to be the kind of place people want to visit and call home.
The future is indeed bright.