Barden, Miller appointed to PARC
August 27, 2008 · Updated 4:38 PM
ARLINGTON A relative newcomer and a long-time resident have been appointed to the city of Arlington Parks and Recreation Commission.
Francis Barden only moved to Arlington from Portland four months ago, but the retired business owner was eager to contribute to his new community, so when he saw the notice at City Hall, asking for new PARC members, he was happy to submit his background information and appear for an interview. He admitted that hes learning a lot about his role as he goes, but hes already begun acquainting himself with the parks in the area.##M:more]##
Im not sure what all of my assignments will be, but Im up for anything, Barden said. I dont have a job. I came here to be closer to my wifes family.
While Barden admitted that he doesnt hunt, fish or golf, his business did work with parks in the Portland area, and he has experience with coaching Little League. As an avid historian, he expressed an interest in attracting groups such as Civil War reenactors to the Arlington area, and voiced his enthusiasm for the potential opportunities that Terrace Park affords to performing groups.
Arlington is a thriving, colorful community, Barden said. Im fascinated by the plans for its downtown district.
Andrea Miller might be new to PARC, but the Arlington High School Class of 1985 graduate is a familiar face to many of her fellow locals. In the midst of meetings to redefine Arlingtons categories of parks, she sees her responsibilities as twofold, not only to maintain the citys existing parks and recreation, but also to explore the possibilities of creating more public and open spaces in the future.
Miller shares an appreciation of history in common with Barden, but her time in the community has focused her attentions on the history thats closer to home. Shes advocated the importance of historical signage along areas such as Centennial Trail, and asserted that the towns history is the glue that holds it together.
Recalling how she played in the river every summer while she was growing up, Miller feels strongly about giving back to the town thats given me so much, and has chosen to champion its 100-year legacy as her own means of doing so.
We have all these different groups that Id like to see come together, Miller said. Ive seen what theyve done with parks and recreation in Lynnwood, and they dont even have half the history that Arlington does.