U.S. veteran John Tursi (left) at Memorial Day event 2014
Park under construction 2009
Playground equipment at Tursi Park
Plaque honoring John and Doris Tursi
Gazebo at Tursi Park
John and Doris Tursi Park is located near the intersection of West 12th and Pennsylvania Avenue, adjacent to the Rock Ridge neighborhood and Anacortes Airport. Tursi met Doris as a young man after being stationed here with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He called Anacortes his new home and never looked back. John passed away in April 2016 at age 98.
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.
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