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Port of Kalama dedicates Haydu Park playground to longtime employee

Two-year-old Iris Anderson from La Center plays on the new swing set at Haydu Park in Kalama on Wednesday afternoon. The Port of Kalama Friday dedicated the playground to Linda Durgeloh Williams, who retired last year after 45 years at the port. The playground was completed at the beginning of April. 

The Port of Kalama is dedicating the new playground at Haydu Park to its longest serving employee. 

Port crews finished installing  $135,000 worth of playground equipment at the beginning of April. The park is at the port's property across from Spencer Creek Business Park on Kalama River Road. 

Linda Durgeloh Williams retired in August 2018 as the port's deputy auditor after 45 years of service. 

The port is naming the playground after Williams to celebrate her "commitments and contributions to the port." Williams started as a relief secretary in 1973 and worked her way up to deputy auditor. 

During her time at the port, Williams saw the raising of the totem pole in 1974, the development of the North Port and the expansion of the port from one to three operating docks. 

A dedication and celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the park and include complimentary hot dogs and beverages. The port will also offer locally baked, park-themed cookies.  

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