Residential development along the shoreline was slow until completion of a road between Everett and Mukilteo. Building a good road connecting the two points involved the danger and expense of spanning seven gullies. Here workers are seen erecting a bridge at Pigeon Creek #2.
Shortly after World War [* I?] completion of a good raod between Ever[* ett and Mukilteo] spurred the construction of permanent [*] in the area. Many families enjoyed weekend drives on the new scenic route between the City and Whidbey Island Ferry. The City of Everett responded to the area's popularity by providing a public beach at Maple Heights, east of Glenwood Creek.
The Maple Heights beach served the public until William Howarth (long associated with the Lowell Paper Mill) donated land for use as a park. The allowed the City to open a new beach at the mouth of Pigeon Creek #2. Eventually the City purchased additional land the extend Howarth Park to its present 28 acres.
The major development of Howarth Park began in 1971. The City drew up a master plan and built trails, walkways, and a tennis court. Lower Howarth park remains a natural marsh and wetland habitat.
Since the 1950s, real estate development has accelerated with the rush to buy view property. Recent growth has taken much of the remaining forest and wildlife habitat. The deer, bear, raccoon, and coyotes that were commonly seen here as recently as the mid-1980s are quickly vanishing. Fortunately, Howarth Park retains some of the original natural beauty and forest habitat along the old old Everett-Mukilteo road.
Funded by The Zonta Club of Everett, The Everett Cultural Commission, The Everett Parks and Recreation Department, and the Everett Public Library.