Photo courtesy of Kyrie JardinDemolition began last week.

Photo courtesy of Kyrie Jardin
Demolition of the former Arrowleaf Bistro building began last week.

Demolition of the former Arrowleaf Bistro building on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop began in earnest last Wednesday (May 11) and took little more than a day. By the weekend, debris had been cleared from site and the foundation filled.

Photo by Don Nelson
Demolition of the former Arrowleaf Bistro building on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop proceeded pretty quickly once it got underway last week. By the weekend, all the debris had been cleared and what had been the basement was partially filled with dirt. A new park will be built on the site beginning this summer, with completion projected by next fall.

The site will be developed as a landscaped park with access to the Chewuch River, privately financed by Jim and Gaye Pigott, owners of Moccasin Lake Ranch.

After the park is complete, the Pigotts will donate it to the town, which will then take over its maintenance. Jim Pigott said last week that the plan is to begin construction of the park this summer so that it can be completed by fall. The Pigotts intend to dedicate the park to Gaye Pigott’s father, Jon Titcomb, who bought Moccasin Lake Ranch in 1961.

The park’s preliminary design includes benches, trees, other plantings, plank walkways, a rockery border and a gravel path to the river.

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Photo by Don Nelson
Once begun, the building was quickly reduced to rubble that will soon become a park on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop.

Local contractor Andy Oosterhof handled the demolition.

Arrowleaf Bistro has moved to a new building at the intersection of Highway 20 and White Avenue in Winthrop.

The former Arrowleaf Bistro building was for many decades a residence, and in recent years was home to several businesses including the restaurant.