Florence Opens Exploding Whale Memorial Park

The city of Florence recently unveiled the “Exploding Whale Memorial Park”  on the north side of the Siuslaw River. The peculiar name commemorates a historic event.   

In 1970, a deceased 45 foot, eight ton whale washed ashore near Florence. The Oregon Department of Transportation used 20 cases of dynamite to blow it up.   

According to KATU, the city sought input from community members through a “Name the Park” contest and “Exploding Whale Memorial Park”  was the winner.  

The new park offers views of the Siuslaw River and Bridge, and the sand dunes on the South side of the river. Visitors have access to picnic tables, bike racks, trails, and river access for kayaking and canoeing on the river. For more information about the park and its amenities visit the Florence Public Works site.   

By Samantha Sied