Dixie Pintler, former Seattle floating home owner, says:
In September of 2017 my nephew who was visiting me from New York was interested in seeing the Terry Pettus Park. When we arrived at the park, I was stunned at the condition it was in. At first I just wanted to replace the sign at the park hoping to add some details about Terry’s life with a different style of sign. I sent photos to the park department, and the upshot of that is the parks dept. was extremely surprised at how badly deteriorated it had become – it had fallen through the cracks. I spent months with various officials discussing options. Turns out the type of sign they use is called a “Rainbow sign” and no words can be on it; all park signs have to be uniform. Then we discussed the idea of a plaque which would have to be attached to a boulder that could be moved during the remodel of the park. Due to the photos I sent to the city, they now have “short term” and “long term” plans to do a major remodel of the park. The long term plans are going to be fantastic – cement steps with a railing for a starter. Hopefully a water system will be installed– there is a question as to whether or not water is present and is hidden, or non-existent, that is in research at the present. The short term plans include shrubs being planted in the park and the Terry Pettus Park sign will be replaced with a newer style. I have done the research and Mark Peek, who lives on a houseboat at Tenas Chuck part time, is financing the project through the Pettus Trust.