Since so many people in Parkrose know of Annette Stanhope and have benefited from her work in the community but don’t necessarily know her well, I wanted to ask Annette about her life and interests before and outside her life in Parkrose. She grew up in a musical family in Issaquah but spent a lot of time at her grandmother’s house in… Parkrose! Her grandma was part of St. Rita Catholic Church that connected with the neighborhood through spaghetti dinners.
Annette studied literature at Seattle University, and that’s where she met her would-be husband Mark. It turns out dating long distance while he was in veterinary school years later allowed her to work for National Civilian Community Corps (AmeriCorps NCCC). Those varied experiences sparked her initial interest in community involvement, so she was ready to jump into community when she bought her grandmother’s Parkrose house. As a young mom, she wanted to meet more neighbors, so she joined the Parkrose Neighborhood Association and began meeting people. She also got involved with the Prescott Elementary parent group, and for the past few years, she’s worked for Historic Parkrose as well.
We discuss some history of the neighborhood and the effect that city planning and development have on our daily lives. Annette also shared that being so heavily involved can cause burnout and encouraged others to get involved. She’s got so much going on, so tune in and learn about Annette and some of the great projects she and others are working on in Parkrose!
You can email Annette at [email protected] or [email protected] for things specific to Historic Parkrose or message Annette on Facebook.
Annette shared a great way to participate in April 2022 is the Parkrose Community Plan open house! There are two options to be part of the same presentation and conversation: Saturday, April 9, 3:00 – 4:30 pm and Thursday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
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