Expect traffic delays on Jan. 23

The new bear statue is being installed at the Southeast Tahoma Way roundabout

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 12:37pm
  • News
Photo of the bear statue pulled from the city of Maple Valley Facebook.

Photo of the bear statue pulled from the city of Maple Valley Facebook.

The following is a Facebook post from the city of Maple Valley.

The latest addition to the city of Maple Valley’s public art portfolio is scheduled for installation on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the roundabout on Southeast Tahoma Way.

Created by Colorado-based sculptor Dan Ostermiller, a 47-inch-tall bronze bear statue, affectionately referred to as “Papa Bear,” will be installed in the roundabout at the east entrance to Tahoma High School and the future Summit Park.

The statue embodies the spirit of both Maple Valley and Tahoma High School. Ostermiller is known as America’s premier wildlife sculptor. Sculpting for three decades, he is nationally recognized for his thorough knowledge and interpretation of anatomy and form. The bear he created for Maple Valley exudes character, personality and charm.

The project is co-sponsored by the Maple Valley City Council and the Tahoma School District. The statue is expected to be a popular attraction with community members and visitors to the city.

The public is asked to anticipate the temporary closure of Southeast Tahoma Way on Jan. 23 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the installation of the statue and adjust their travel accordingly.

The city of Maple Valley and Tahoma School District will host an official unveiling and dedication ceremony at a future date to be announced.

For more information about the installation and road closure, please contact the City of Maple Valley at 425-413-8800.

More in News

Maple Valley toddler dies in possible “murder-suicide”

King County Sheriff investigating two deaths in Maple Valley home

House bill paves the way for Lakepointe Property project

Covington mayor says new taxing district will support future roads

Photo courtesy of Building Beyond the Walls 
                                Building Beyond the Walls volunteers building Terry Hildebrand’s ramp alongside his family.
Black Diamond senior given new wheelchair ramp

A 77-year-old Black Diamond resident received a special gift when a Bonney… Continue reading

Remember Monday is Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this weekend and city halls, offices, schools and other… Continue reading

King County’s $5 million derelict boat problem

When a boat sinks, it costs a lot to bring it up, with millions being spent since 2003 on removals.

Self-driving cars: Heaven or hell?

Depending on factors, traffic and environmental impacts could become better or worse.

Learn about tree health with WSU at the library

Maple Valley residents are invited to a free workshop on forest health… Continue reading

5 purse snatching suspects arrested

The suspects were taken into custody on May 18 and were found in Maple Valley

Susan’s quest for ‘justice’ and the civil legal system dilemma

While citizens have the right to an attorney in criminal cases, they’re not afforded the same rights in civil litigation.

Most Read