New Park For Maltby Area
We are pleased to announce that Snohomish County has acquired the Carousel Ranch property for a future active recreation facility. Purchased with funds provided by the Brightwater Settlement Agreement, this 65-acre property is located on SR-9 in south Snohomish County. Project Updates (top left column) will be linked under "Maltby Area Park" until a formal name is adopted. The property is currently closed to public access.
Storm Wreaks Havoc
In case you were out of town November 17th, you might have noticed things got a little breezy around here. Downed trees at Kayak Point and Wenberg Parks knocked out power, internet, and phone lines which forced the closure of their restrooms and campgrounds for four days. Northern sections of the Centennial Trail where blocked by nearly fifty fallen trees, and six adjoining property owners reported trees falling in their yards. Clean-up required the entire ranger staff who worked in concert with park maintenance staff. See aftermath photos
More Free Parking Days
New Years Day has traditionally been a day of free parking and boat launching at at Flowing Lake, Kayak Point, Wenberg and Wyatt Parks. Starting in 2016, In addition to January 1st, Earth Day (Apr 22) and Veterans Day (Nov 11) will be free too. Happy New Year!
Wenberg Campsites Re-numbered
Wenberg is closed for the winter, but come this spring, expect a "number" of site changes. Literally. Campsites 16, 42, 43, and 67 have been converted to meet ADA standards, and now hold a disabled “D” designation (D16, D42, D43, D67). Campsites D2 through 34, in Loop Two, have been re-numbered 30 through 35. If you’re a returning camper, be sure to check the Wenberg map before making your next reservation.
We're (back) on Facebook!
After experiencing "technical difficulties", our Facebook page is up and running--but under a new link. We've lost all of our Likes and are re-starting from scratch, but hey, we're not upset. For more up-to-date info, in a less formal format, visit our newer and improved(er) Snohomish County Parks & Rec page. And don't forget to "Like" us (even if you don't).
New & Improved
North Creek Boardwalk Refurbished
It took five years, but repairs to the floating boardwalk at North Creek Park are finally finished. The 3/4 mile boardwalk, which traverses a large wetland, is a popular Mill Creek destination for birdwatchers. Built in 1997, sections began to sink over the years, causing visitors to roll-up their paint legs or turn back. The recently completed repairs are expected to last past the year 2030. North Creek Wildlife Photo album
Sky to Sound Water Trail Kick-Off
The Sky to Sound Steering Committee held its first meeting November 10th to introduce stakeholders and begin assigning tasks for developing an 84-mile water trail along Highway 2. Utilizing the Skykomish and Snohomish Rivers, the water trail would link Everett to Stevens Pass with a goal of becoming part of the National Water Trail System. The committee, which is spearheaded by Snohomish County Economic Development, in partnership with Snohomish County Parks, will meet next at Everett’s Langus Park December 7th. Everett Herald article