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Originally published in The News Tribune, January 11, 1995

By Jami Leabow Farkas
The News Tribune

Dan Mathewson, a UPS Sigma Chi fraternity alum, donated creek-fed property that may eventually become a small park in the city of Black Diamond. — Scott Eklund/For The News Tribune

New York has Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth Built. Thousands of miles away in Black Diamond, there’s a much smaller park with as big a nickname: the Park that Sigma Chi Built.

It’s one-third of an acre, to be exact, a grassy field in the process of being donated by the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Puget Sound.

The offer of the land was made by Dan Mathewson, the fraternity’s chapter adviser and a Seattle police officer who has lived in Black Diamond for five years. His house on Fifth Avenue is on three acres divided by a small creek.

“The creek runs through the middle of the property and bisects this one-third of an acre,” said Mathewson, 30, a graduate of Enumclaw High School and UPS. “It occurred to me one day that it would make a really nice little roadside park.” (more…)

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Originally published in The Seattle Times, January 11, 1984

by Herb Belanger
Times South bureau

What should to be done with 11 acres of King County-owned land in the center of Black Diamond?

A recently completed study done for the King County Housing Authority recommends phased development of the site with single-family, owner-occupied homes and rental apartments for moderate- to low-income elderly persons.

The Housing Authority presented its recommendations to residents during a public meeting last night at the Black Diamond Elementary School. (more…)

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