Tuesday, August 27, 2013, Rhine began demolishing part of the one-story wing of the old Parkland Elementary School. This demolition is part of the project to build Garfield Station, a high rise apartment building with shops in Parkland near PLU. The main portion of the Parkland School is still standing, it is going to be used for the Mt. Rainier Lutheran High School starting this year.
This demolition took a few hours longer than the previous day as the building was concrete block and the materials in it were better suited to sorting and recycling. Still, the building was down before 1 p.m.
Here are some photos from the Parkland School demolition.
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😦 Thank you for posting the pics. Everything was gone by the time I got up there. I learned, today, that the wooden 2-story building that was attached to the 1-story cinder block building was originally located at the northwest corner of the play field behind the Parkland School building. We think it was a military facility of some kind. Can anyone confirm this?
It was definitely not military. The wooden, two story building on the south end may be the original school, built in 1887. Or, it could be an addition built in the late 1890’s. The original school was built on the other side of Pacific and was moved across the street in 1892.
The one story cinder block section was built in the 1950’s to connect the older part with the newer gymnasium/cafeteria addition. The one story part held first and second grades, while the wooden, two story part held kindergarten. I attended Parkland from 1968 to 1975.
The whole building, as it stood until this week, was built in five phases over many years.
You might enjoy a history of Parkland, called “From Wilderness to Suburbia,” by Richard Osness. The library should have a copy.