Several dozen city leaders, community members, and guests celebrated the virtual grand opening of “Van Ry Boulevard” in Mountlake Terrace on January 22. “Van Ry Boulevard” is a new public roadway named after the city’s retired Engineering Services Director, Willem Van Ry, who served the city from 1974-2014.
Van Ry Boulevard connects 244th Street SW and 236th Street SW through Gateway Place business park and the new Terrace Station mixed-use development adjacent to Interstate 5.
The city’s virtual event included remarks from the Mayor and City Council, former Mountlake Terrace City Manager John Caulfield (2006-2013), current City Manager Scott Hugill, City Engineer Jesse Birchman, and representatives from Sierra Construction, Lake Union Partners, and Rainier Pacific Properties. Mr. Van Ry provided his recollections of the Mountlake Terrace community of the 1960s and 1970s and how it has evolved over the decades into the transit-oriented community it is today.
The actual cutting of the ribbon occurred on January 16 and a recording of the event held via Zoom is posted at www.cityofmlt.com/607.
“The city is proud to name this roadway after Mr. Van Ry, a respected and dedicated public servant whose life’s work was to take care of the roads and infrastructure used by our residents and visitors each day,” stated Mayor Kyoko Matsumoto Wright.