The property was originally owned by resident Matt Hirvela, who desired to see the site preserved as park property. The site was acquired as a children’s park in 1968 with the aid of a $17,350 matching grant from the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation (IAC) and a $5,750 land value donation from Mr. Hirvela.
Under the terms of the donation, Mr. Hirvela retained the rights to continue to live on the property in a 900 square foot log cabin in the southwest corner of the property until his death in 1980. The 2 bedroom cabin was rented to private occupants for a number of years before being removed in 2012.
The park was dedicated the Matt Hirvela Bicentennial Park on the 4th of July 1976 as part of the Bicentennial Celebration. A number of improvements have been completed in this park including sidewalk construction, gazebo, lighting, monument and benches in 2014, and completed the pathway in 2018.