• The land which now constitutes the park was platted on September 19, 1905 by the Theodore Kruse Catering Co., and it’s legal description is “Lot 5, Kruse’s First Addition to Gearhart Park, City of Gearhart, County of Clatsop, State of Oregon.”


• In the early 1900s, the land was developed by Theodore Kruse and became the location of the first Gearhart Hotel, which was destroyed by fire c1925.


• This land was acquired by Clatsop County in 1942 by foreclosure due to non-payment of property taxes.


• On June 11, 1947, Clatsop County transferred the land to the City of Gearhart, in consideration of $1.00, subject to a deed restriction which states:  “This conveyance is made with the express provision that the foregoing described real property and every part thereof shall be used and continue to be used by the said City of Gearhart, a municipal corporation of the State of Oregon, for municipal park purposes and for no other purpose, and in the event that the said real property and every part thereof shall not be so used or continue to be so used, or in the event the said City of Gearhart shall sell or transfer or attempt to sell or transfer the said real property or any part thereof, then said real property and every part thereof shall revert to and revest in said Clatsop County without any act of or by said Clatsop County or any official thereof.”


• On November 5, 1975, the Gearhart City Council adopted Resolution No. 598, naming the park "Leslie Miller Dunes Meadow Park" (including the incorrect spelling of Ms. Miller's first name).  The resolution states that Ms. Miller, who had died earlier that year, ". . . was a great advocate of parks for the City of Gearhart and especially the City Park which she was constantly striving to beautify and make more efficient."  The book Gearhart Remembered refers to the park incorrectly as “Dune Meadows Park” (“Dunes” should be plural; “Meadow” should be singular).  Around town, the park is sometimes referred to as “Lesley Miller Park," but most people just call it “Gearhart Park”, or just "the park."



Park History