Let’s play! The Port of Kalama has invested in a brand-new playground structure to grace the beautiful grounds at Haydu Park—and will dedicate the new amenity to the Port’s longest serving employee, Linda Durgeloh Williams. The Port pays homage to Williams for 45 years of dedication and service, retiring as Deputy Auditor.

The Port will host a dedication ceremony and celebration of the beautiful new play structure on Friday, May 10 at 4 p.m. and invites the community to join them to enjoy complimentary hot dogs and beverages. To commemorate the new park facilities the Port will also host locally-baked park-themed cookies. The AMALAK Plant Sale will also be open in the EXPO building at Haydu Park during the event.

The Port wanted to celebrate Williams’ commitment and contributions to the Port with a special dedication—she has witnessed some big moments at the Port: Williams saw the raising of the Totem Pole in 1974, the development of the North Port from a cow pasture into an industrial park, and development of a dock and corporate headquarters for Steelscape. She has seen the Oak Street overpass constructed and the installment of pedestrian and bike pathways throughout the Port.  Most impressively, she has witnessed the Port’s expansion from one to three operating docks and a roster that includes 18 full-time employees. A highlight that stands out for Linda is her ride on a navy ship from Astoria to the Portland Rose Festival.

As sunny weather approaches, there’s no better season to enjoy the natural beauty and outdoor recreation that are unique to Kalama. The Port is a key contributor to the Kalama community and is responsible for providing and enhancing public recreational opportunities. In addition to the new play structure, the Port recently completed the new community amphitheater in Marine Park, and managed a comprehensive renovation of the public marina.

Port of Kalama’s celebrated parks offer:


Congratulations to Linda! Now, let’s get outside and enjoy!

Photos: Saskia Van Verseveld

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