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December 2012

Happy New Year!  Thank you for helping make 2012 a great year


In 2012, your Snohomish County Parks system hosted 4 million visitors and celebrated completion of the Centennial Trail to the Skagit County line, construction of the Nakashima Historic Barn and north trailhead, ADA access at Willis Tucker Park, trails at Lord Hill Park, and boardwalk renovation at North Creek Park.  We began construction at Tambark Creek and will be advertising for bids to construct Miner's Corner Park next year.

Thank you volunteers and corporate sponsors for your dedication to making Snohomish County's parks enjoyable and beautiful for everyone to enjoy. 


Special volunteer efforts include cleanup days at Lake Stickney Park, the Centennial Trail and Fishermen's Park. Meadowdale Elementary School students raised salmon fry and released them into the stream at Meadowdale Beach County Park.

Sundquist Homes again provided Movies in the Park. Thrasher's Corner Sports Grill sponsored its annual benefit golf tournament to fund youth activities, raising nearly $2,000. Willis Tucker Park also hosted the Farmer's Market and the National Night Out event. 


We wish you joy and happiness throughout the new year and look forward to seeing you in 2013.
  Park it Here! 
Flowing Lake County Park Cabins

Flowing Lake Cabin in Snow
There's nothing like that first deep breath of fresh air in the woods -- mingled with a hint of campfire smoke that's wafting lazily into the frosty morning sky. A childhood memory or one in the making, winter camping is a great experience -- especially if you park it in a Flowing Lake cabin. 

Warm and cozy, our cabins include heat, electricity and light. Furnishings include bunk beds (or futons) for five, a table and chairs, and the security of a locked door and screened windows. Don't forget to bring your bedding and food. And while you're at it, bring Fido, who's always welcome in our pet friendly cabin.


Warm up to our current discounted winter rates (starting at just $40/night). Click here to reserve a cabin. Use Promo Code FIFTY for $10/night off for cabins rented and used in January.

This winter, wake up fresh and relaxed indoors; then breathe in the great outdoors.

Links to Events and Activities

Current events 

Evergreen State Fairgrounds: 

Evergreen Speedway:

FREE "Winged Migration" movie at
NW Stream Center

Gift certificates make great gifts!
Give a gift certificate for a class, an annual pass or for overnight stays in a yurt, a cabin, the vacation house or campsites. To purchase, call 425-388-6600 or email

Parks and Recreation Department celebrates 50 years

Originally created in March 1963, Snohomish County Parks Department is celebrating 50 years of providing great programs, parks, trails and the Evergreen State Fair for residents of Snohomish County. To help celebrate our 50th birthday, the Parks Department will be offering promotions and special events at our 104 park properties throughout 2013. 
The first event is FREE day use parking and boat launch fees at Wyatt, Kayak Point, Wenberg and Flowing Lake County parks on Jan. 1, 2013. 
Click here to see other promotions.

County seeks photos, stories

of Centennial Trail Rail

Project focuses on Snohomish/Bryant

spur between 1930-1976


Snohomish County is designing an interpretive education project along the Centennial Trail and collecting historical information on how the former rail line was used.


Sponsored by the county's Economic Development Department with grant funding from the Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, the project will consist of interpretive signs, an educational video and a website dedicated to telling the story of the Centennial Trail area along its 28 miles of trailheads from the city of Snohomish in the south to the new Nakashima Farm site in the north.


The county is asking residents to share photos, stories, memories and other information to help create a compelling cultural resource for the community and generations to come.


Email historic information for the interpretive program to or by regular mail to:

Site Story, Attn. Centennial Trail, 2513 Eleventh Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119.


To learn more about the project, click here. For more information on the trail, click here.

Canine Parvovirus Outbreak

Snohomish County Parks recommends all pet owners consult with their vet to make sure their animal is healthy enough for dog off-leash areas and current with all vaccinations. Please remember to clean up after your pet and to dispose of waste properly. 

Related Articles

Your photos, memories needed for Centennial Trail, Everett Herald, 12/2012



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.  

Campsite Reservations/Picnic Shelters/ Room Rentals:  online / 425-388-6600  / 
Ballfields/Volunteers/ Recreation/McCollum Pool :  360-805-6753  
Fairgrounds RV Parking:  
Evergreen Fairgrounds:  360-805-6700  /
Contact Information:

County Executive:  /  425-388-3879 

Department Director:  /  425-388-6600