Help Gig Harbor Name Its Newest Park

The City of Gig Harbor acquired the former Ancich property last month and will be taking public input at its upcoming meeting.

The City of Gig Harbor Parks Commission will be taking public input at its Dec. 5 meeting regarding naming of Gig Harbor’s newest park.

The City acquired the land, formerly known as the Ancich property, in October. 

In the early 1900s, Croatian immigrants, including the Ancich family, settled in the area. According to the city’s press release, the family contributed to the early economic development and community growth in Gig Harbor.

The 3-parcel site is located at 3518 Harborview Dr. and is the last cluster of undeveloped waterfront in the View Basin. The site includes a netshed registered on the Gig Harbor Register of Historic Places. Built in the 1920s, the last boat to moor at the historic netshed was the purse seiner “Heritage.” 

John Ancich Jr., skipper of the vessel, died when it ran aground and sank in 2001. His name is listed on the Fishermen’s Memorial located at Jerisich Park that commemorates local fishermen lost at sea. Within a few years of his son’s death, John Sr. passed, and the property sold to private developers in 2005.

The Gig Harbor Parks Commission will meet in Community Rooms A/B on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Civic Center.

For additional information, contact 253-853-7609 or visit www.cityofgigharbor.net.

What do you think the City of Gig Harbor should name its new park? Tell us in the comments section.

Mark Hoppen November 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Ancich Park.
Mandy Silver November 14, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I think it should honor the family and their history here and be named Ancich Park.
ROSEMARY SPADONI November 14, 2012 at 08:43 PM
The name of the park should be Ancich Park. Or the Ancich descendents should have the right to choose a name. Rosemary Spadoni
employee November 15, 2012 at 02:39 AM
"Consent agenda park"? How about "No Public Opinion Park"?
employee November 15, 2012 at 02:44 AM
No disrespect intended to the Ancich family. It just would have been nice had they asked the taxpayers first, before spending the money.


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