Hours:Daily, dawn to dusk
about Edmonds City Park:
This medium-sized city park, located close to the Edmonds waterfront, is worth the drive from Seattle if you're looking for somewhere new to explore. The grounds are heavily wooded with large old trees, and a small stream cuts through the property, making it a good place for free play and imaginative exploration.
The park's centerpieces are its climbing and other play structures (including a huge tractor tire that kids can climb in). They're newish, safe for tots, low to the ground, and varied enough to keep kids under eight or nine interested.
When the kids get tired of playing, climb the hill to the right of the play area and let them run in the large playing field, which is also the park's sunniest spot. The huge trees that line the field's north edge invite climbing. During the summer, tots can splash in the park's small wading pool. Picnic tables, shelters, and grills are available for rent (call the Parks Department to make reservations).
Edmonds City Park is popular in the summer for large picnics and other groups, and parking is at a premium - arrive early if you visit on a nice summer Saturday.
Located in Edmonds, about 14 miles north of Seattle. From I-5 northbound: Exit at 244th Street SW/NE 205th Street. Stay to the right as you exit, and take the first right turn off the exit ramp (towards Ballinger Way westbound). Merge onto Ballinger Way. Continue about a mile to the first major intersection at 205th. Road turns into Edmonds Way after crossing 205th; keep to the right and follow the road about 2.5 miles. Street will turn into Sunset Way; follow down hill towards downtown Edmonds. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Pine, then left onto Third Avenue. Look for park entrance on the left.