Dudley Carter Park is just over one acre of green space with picnic tables along the Sammamish River Trail, at the junction of Leary Way.
The park’s namesake, Dudley Carter, was an internationally renowned local artist specializing in wood carving, a craft that he learned from the Kwakuitl people along the coast of British Columbia, where Mr. Carter resided until his early adulthood. Mr. Carter carved many totems, sculptures, and Haida House replicas that exist in the area, including:
The park includes Dudley Carter’s Haida House Replica No. 4, a piece of artwork that Mr. Carter carved in the 1980s and reconstructed on site in the early 1990s while he was artist in residence at the park. The Haida House is a roughly 600 square foot, single-room wooden structure that includes ornate carved figures on the roof eaves and an iconic totem pole entry. The Haida House Replica No. 4 is designated as a King County landmark.
The City recently completed a master plan for the park that includes improvements to Haida House Replica No. 4, landscaping, signage, gathering places, art, and a possible multi-purpose building for artists to provide classes and for picnicking.