Polly Judd Park

Polly Judd was an enthusiastic supporter of Spokane Parks and was active in the community. According to her obituary on March 30, 1981 in the Spokane Daily Chronicle, she was one of the founders of the Lilac Festival, served on the board of the festival and show, head of the floral department at the Spokane Interstate Fair, member of the Finch Arboretum Auxiliary, guided the planting of the Lilac Lane in Finch Arboretum, past president of the Manito Garden Club, and was instrumental in the success of the Japanese Tea Garden at Manito. She also collected money and donated it to the parks often with checks of small amounts ($10-$20) to go toward park improvements.

The park was formerly known as the Historic Cannon Addition's Park and newly created in 1997. This park was part of a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition project to "develop the site of a WWRP (Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program)- assisted acquisition of a neighborhood park" that was funded in 1993. The construction was to include "playground amenities, restroom facilities, a picnic shelter, trails, benches, landscaping, and fencing."

Part of the Historic Cannon Addition was demolished during the construction of I-90 (1965-1971). The residents began to revive the neighborhood and build awareness about the history of the area. In the Spokesman Review, February 13, 1997, the list of accomplishments included, "a COPS station, a neighborhood park, and historical homes being listed on local, state, and national registers." The neighborhood was platted in 1883 by A. M. Cannon, an early resident of Spokane.

Today the community continues to take an active role in their neighborhood park. Pancake breakfasts and other fundraisers are organized to generate funds for additional amenities.

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