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3-Tree Logo GifMay-June 2011 
Snohomish County Parks & Recreation strives to provide safe, enjoyable, attractive parks with diverse programs and responsive services that enhance our quality of life and preserve the natural and recreational resources of Snohomish County. 
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Camp Hosts Needed
Concessions at County Parks
New Park Construction
Rent A Room for Your Party
It's Camping Time!
Job Opportunities
Related Articles
Sundquist Movies in the Park
New Farmer's Market
Water safety tips
Recreation Activities
Fairgrounds Buildings Upgraded
Meadowdale Beach Park activities
Spray Pad at Willis Tucker Park


Camp hosts needed at Kayak and Squire Creek County Parks 

    Duties include opening and closing parks, monitoring and cleaning restrooms, litter pickup, traffic control, firewood sales and provide general park information for visitors.   
    Find more information at

Concessions at county parks

     Buy ice cream or a hot dog and rent a boat from a concessionaire at some of your favorite parks this year!   

     Watch for AMH Ice Cream at Kayak Point and Wyatt County Parks, May 20-Sept. 30; B's Ice Cream at Wenberg and Lake Goodwin County Parks, May 27-Sept. 30; Captain Cook's Boat Rentals at Kayak Point County Park, July 1-Dec. 1 and Justin's Gourmet Hot Dogs at Wyatt County Park, May 27-Sept. 30.


New Park Construction

Bids for construction of Tambark Park and the first phase of improve-ments to the east half of Willis Tucker Park will be opened June 7.


Rent a room or a building for your next meeting or party 
   Call 425-388-6600 to reserve the Weikel Room at Willis Tucker Park. 
  Call 360-805-6700 to reserve large or small buildings and RV sites with plenty of parking and easy access at the Evergreen Fairgrounds RV Park.


It's Camping Time!

   Reserve your kids in tentcamping spot or picnic shelter early.
   Stay overnight in a yurt at River Meadows or Kayak Point or in a cabin in the woods at Flowing Lake. 
   RV and tent camping are available at Squire Creek, Kayak Point, Flowing Lake, Wenberg and River Meadows County Parks.
   Reserve your spot at [email protected] or 425-388-6600. Find information about Snohomish County's parks at 


Job Opportunities

Fairgrounds Marketing Specialist; various aquatics jobs. Click here to apply 


Gather Round the Fire, The Herald, 05/23/11




Aaron Reardon. Co. Exec.


Tom Teigen, Director
Hal Gausman, Deputy Director
 360-805-6724 [email protected]
Evergreen Fairgrounds
Reservations/ Room Rentals

 Recreation/McCollum Pool 
360-805-6753  [email protected] 
Fairgrounds RV Parking

2011 Sundquist Family Movies in the Park

     Sundquist Family Homes is again our ever popular Movies in the Park series at Willis Tucker Community Park. The Mill Creek Lions Club, Sno-Isle Libraries, Gold Creek Community Church and Mill Creek YMCA are providing youth activities beginning at 7 p.m. prior to the movie.

     Mill Creek Lions Club will provide food and beverages for a suggested donation. The Sno-Isle Library Bookmobile, the Mill Creek YMCA and the Gold Creek Community Church's  bouncy house will also be on site. Enjoy watching these films under the stars this summer:

  • July 14: Back to the Future
  • July 21: Despicable Me
  • July 28: Twilight Eclipse
  • August 4: Toy Story 3
  • August 11: Up
  • August 18: Enchanted

Willis Tucker Community Park is located at 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish. Find more information at in the Park


 Farmers' Market comes to Willis Tucker Park
     Starting June 3, Willis Tucker Community Park will be home to a Friday afternoon and evening Farmers Market. The hours will be Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. throughout the summer.
     Vendors include the Snohomish Bakery, Hawaiian Paradise (shaved ice), Hayton Farms, Martin Family Orchards, and Patty Pan Grill.
     The market managers are currently seeking vendors who support their goal of providing community members access to fresh, healthy and locally grown products (farmers, beekeepers, food processors, prepared food vendors and artisans/craftsmen. For more information, visit the market's website/blog at
     Willis Tucker Community Park is located at 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish. 


McCollum County Park Pool offers child safety lessons

McCollum Pool opens June 25. Register now for swim lessons. 

     Kids and water play go together like peanut butter and jelly. The single most effective thing parents can do to protect their children from drowning is to ensure they know how to swim. Learning how to swim can save a child's life as well as provide a fun way to encourage exercise.

     1. Teaching children to swim is the best way to be safer in the water. Research shows that parents are the most influential factors in whether or not a child learns to swim. 

     2. Make sure a responsible adult is watching the water at all times. Drowning can be completely silent, and most child drownings occur when the victim has been out of sight for less than five minutes.

     3. Remind kids not to jump on or dunk other swimmers, and not to jump or dive unless they know how deep the water is.

     4. Always swim with a buddy.

     5. Lakes, rivers, large puddles and any other bodies of water, as well as pools, require caution. Make sure your child knows how to swim.

     Swimming is unique in that it is fun and competitive but there is a lifesaving element also.

     Find information about lessons, the swim team and pool rentals at   

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Recreation activities in June 
     Swimming:  Register now for swim lessons at McCollum Park Pool. The pool opens June 25. Find more information about lessons, the swim team and pool rentals at      

     Recreation classes:  Art Camps, Kidz Love Soccer, Yoga,

Zumba, Martial Arts. Find more information at
     Evergreen State Fairgrounds eventsMid-Summer Classic Horse Show, Windy Tides Open Horse Show, Seattle Pug Rescue Dog Show, Evergreen Pygmy Goat Convention, Northwest's Largest Garage Sale, Washington Arms Collectors Gun Show, Monroe Indoor Swap Meet and Auto Races on the Speedway. Find more information at 

      Adopt-A-Stream events at the Streamkeeper Academy

Pacific Feast: A Cook's Guide to West Coast Foraging and Cuisine; Wetland Wigglers; Native Plant Walk & Press; Finding the Earth Delicious: Spring Foraging for Wild Edibles. Find details at


Fairgrounds buildings get energy efficiency improvements.

      On May 17, Park department staff hosted U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) project officer Joel Danforth, in a tour of energy efficiency improvements to buildings at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Funding for the improvements came from the Park Department's $400,000 allocation of Snohomish County's  $4.8 million grant from DOE as part of the Energy Efficiency and Community Block Grant (EECBG) program authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

     The goals of the grant were to reduce energy demands, decrease greenhouse gas emissions and create/retain jobs. Johnson Controls, the energy service contractor, performed the energy audit and installed lighting improvements in four buildings, added heating upgrades in six buildings and installed 22 power meters and monitors in seven buildings at the fairgrounds. Thermostat and sensor controls were also installed with several of the measures to further enhance efficiency.

     Construction began last November and is expected to be completed in by June. Estimated savings include: 135,397 kilowatt hours annual electricity savings; 1,799 therms annual natural gas savings; 199,798 lbs total annual CO2 reduction and two jobs retained.


Activities at Meadowdale Beach County Park  

Salmon fry released:  Meadowdale Elementary School and Park Ranger Doug Dailer released approximately 150 Chum salmon fry into the stream at Meadowdale Beach County Park in May. The elementary school students began raising the fish in the school in February.

Washington Water Trails Guest:  Meadowdale Beach Park accommodated our first seasonal seakayaker's overnight stay on his journey north to Alaska in April.

Environmental Education Trail Walks:  Park Ranger Doug Dailer conducted environmental education trail walks at Meadowdale Beach County Park with the Edmonds Community College environmental education and Mukilteo Academy kindergarten classes in May. To request  an environmental education trail walk with 'Ranger Doug', contact him at 425-745-5111.


spray pad crowd 2010Spray pad at Willis Tucker Park is open 

Throw on a pair of shorts or swimsuit and join the kids as they dodge the Tricky Soaker, Silverflow Cannon, Aqua Dome, Water Jelly, Aqua Jumper, Power Spinner, Power Volcano, Water Domes, or Splash Palace at Willis Tucker Community Park's spray pad.  

Sun shades at Willis Tucker ParkSun shades installed adjacent to the spray feature make a comfortable area for parents to lay out a picnic lunch or simply sit back and relax while keeping an eye on their youngsters playing in the water, on the playground equipment or in the sandbox next to the spray feature.   

More information is available at


Contact Information:
Marcie Allen, Marketing Coordinator
Snohomish County Parks Department
[email protected]