Cove Park

carved rock at Cove Park


The Cove Park Story

Changing the much used lot just north of the Ferry dock from a littered vacant lot to a beautiful neighborhood park took a lot of work, hours of meetings, hands-on gardening time, and a great deal of determination. Accomplished by a neighborhood group working with city and state agencies, the result is a delightful park which is still a work-in-progress.

Stop by to enjoy the native plants, see the artwork by Tom Jay, and dig your toes in the sand on the beach.

Cove Park sculpture Above: Etching of brig R.H. Fauntleroy, 1857 at Cove Park. Brig picture courtesy of retired Coast Guard Captain. Photo courtesy of Mike Ashby.

Picture a West Coast Native American family on their way to the oyster grounds. The Nootka sealing canoe or a vessel very much like it would have carried them there in style. This highly evolved craft cuts through water like a knife, with fluted sides that are self bailing. The rear tends to rise to a following sea. Craft like these, attributed to the Nootka tribe, were traded and copied throughout the Pacific Northwest peoples.

Construction began with a hollowed out cedar log. The craftsmen would fill it full of water and drop hot stones in it to steam it into the beautiful shape.

At right: Nootka Sealing Canoe at Cove Park. Photo courtesy of Mike Ashby.

Cove Park work partyOur canoe began with plans from the University of British Columbia. A naval architect lofted the lines of this historic canoe generating specific cross sections. Tom Jay, artist and builder, then created a layered fiberglass mold. Community volunteers helped him fill it with ferro-cement for our Cove Park sculpture.

At right: Ruth Lantz (left) and Chris Bath (right) help artist Tom Jay (center) prepare and install a concrete "tideline" at Cove Park. Photo courtesy of Ware Lantz.

Please show utmost respect for this work of historical art.