Polar Bear Plunge!
Dive into the New Year this January 1st by participating in our first Polar Bear Plunge at Martha Lake Community Park. This "unofficial" event starts at 1:00 PM sharp.
Early arrival is recommended for warm-up, which starts at 12:30 PM. Best Costume prize and participation ribbons will be handed out. Bring a blanket, bring a camera, bring a friend. Send us your best pictures and we'll do our best to post them to our Parks webpage and social media sites. More Info
Pet Poisonings Unconfirmed
Snohomish County Parks was unable to confirm a Facebook posting linking a visit to Willis Tucker Park to the poisoning death of a dog. While there have been similar reports of pet poisonings at Lake Stevens and Arlington parks, they too, could not be confirmed. Due to the serious nature and wide-spread concern, the Parks Department contacted multiple sources that included Rangers and Administrative staff, dog services vendors, and city agencies. None of which had been contacted or were aware of this claim. Attempts to contact people sharing the posting have not been successful. Should these, or any other safety concerns be verified, we will post it on our Snohomish County Parks website, Twitter account, and Facebook page.
Come SOAR With Us!
Snohomish County Specialized Recreation is now Social Opportunities And Recreation (SOAR). According to Recreation Specialist Natalia Thomas, “SOAR better defines the goals and aspirations of a program which promotes recreational activities for people of all abilities.” She went on to say that while the name is new, their focus on making activities full of fun, adventure and creativity, will remain the same. More information on SOAR can be found HERE.
Willis Tucker Construction Delayed
Ground saturation from heavy November and December rains are preventing efficient movement and excavation of soils. As a result, Ohno Construction has temporarily suspended its operations for Phase 3B construction (paved parking, sand volleyball courts, picnic shelters, and water to the Off Leash Dog Area). Ohno will monitor the situation and resume operations when conditions improve. Visit the Willis Tucker Project Update
page for more info on the project.
Kayak Point Trail Closed
A slide on December 14th at Kayak Point Park has covered a spur of the North Beach Trail in mud and debris. The trail, which leads to the day-use area, had recently undergone improvements that included new stairs and railings. Park Staff have not determined when the trail will be re-opened.
Beginning January 4th, Snohomish County Parks will be offering "Joyful Noise", a new winter Kindermusik program (which blends music and movement for children) at Willis Tucker Park. Details
New Shelter Hours at Willis Tucker
Beginning April 2016, Willis Tucker Park will offer half-day rentals for its large picnic shelters during the Peak Season (Apr-Sep). Session hours will be Opening-2:00 PM and 3:00 PM-Closing. These shelters had previously been all-day rentals.
New & Improved
Snohomish County Parks will be signing an agreement with Edmonds School district this month, to acquire 3.34 acres adjacent to Esperance Park. The additional acreage will be used for onsite parking for improved access and preparation for future Master Plan park improvements. Funding was provided via Conservation Futures, WA State Recreation & Conservation Office, and Parks impact mitigation fees.
Kayak Scout Project
Garrett Anderson, of Troop 419, chose Kayak Regional Park for the site of his Eagle Scout project. Garrett oversaw the planning and construction of round rail fencing that increases safety for visitors using the pathway past the yurt village. Photos
Parks Advisory Board Opening
Residents of County Council District 2 are invited to apply for an opening on the Parks Advisory Board, which comes open December 1, 2015. Advisory board members serve four-year terms and may serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. The Board consists of 11 members.
If interested, contact Russ Bosanko at 425-388-6602
Crab Season Closure
The crabbing season in Port Susan Area 8-2, which includes Everett and Kayak Point Park, closes at 5:00 PM on December 31st.
The undeveloped Wellington Hills Site was closed December 8th in preparation for sale to the Northshore School District for future school needs. Questions or concerns may be submitted to Snohomish County Parks.