Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick unveiled a replica of the new Bob Knuckey Memorial Trail sign during the September 25 meeting of the Sultan City Council.
The sign, which has been installed in Osprey Park, honors Knuckey, a long-time Sultan volunteer and community advocate who passed away in December of 2013 due to health complications.
Eslick invited his two children, Cathy Barth and Mike Knuckey, to be in attendance during the presentation.
Eslick shared that Knuckey had been her close friend, and that he had passed away much too suddenly.
"We didn't get a chance to really be able to tell him how much he was loved and appreciated,GÇ¥ said Eslick.
Knuckey's legacy includes the phrase "City Wide Pride,GÇ¥ which he coined along with his wife, Teresa. He started the city's Adopt-a-Street program, through which a family could choose a particular street, thereby accepting responsibility for keeping it litter-free. Miles of city streets and acres of local parks have been adopted by volunteers as a result of Knuckey's efforts.
Knuckey served on Sultan's Planning Board and was a strong supporter of both the Sultan Education Foundation and the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce.
He was instrumental in cleaning up Osprey Park, working diligently in the park both prior to the PUD improvement project as well as during the enhancement process. He spent time with his tractor, clearing trails, spreading gravel and cleaning up garbage.
It was all his work in Osprey Park which inspired former councilmember Kristina Blair to suggest that a trail in the park be named after him. Council at the time unanimously agreed.
Sultan resident Frank Linth considered Knuckey one of his closest friends.
"He was a very humble guy but he'd be very proud tonight,GÇ¥ said Linth.Ocarina.Nfo 220.127.116.1117