Parks Department celebrates 50-year anniversary

Dec 28, 2012

Snohomish County’s Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate its 50th anniversary during 2013 with a series of events and promotions each month throughout the year. 

The first event honoring 50 years begins Jan. 1 with a free day at parks that typically charge a day use or boat-launch fee: Wyatt County Park, Kayak Point County Park, Wenberg County Park and Flowing Lake County Park.

“Our world-class parks and trails play a critical role in building livable and sustainable communities,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “They contribute to the health and wellness of our residents by providing safe places to walk, ride, run and recreate.” 

Additional promotions and events honoring the parks department’s 50th birthday will be posted atwww.snocoparks.org.Though the Parks Department was founded in 1963, Snohomish County started acquiring park property in 1926 with the acquisition of its first park property — the Squire Creek Campground located northeast of Arlington. 

Since then, the park system has grown to nearly 11,000 acres, 104 park properties, 47 miles of shoreline, more than 30 miles of paved trails, hundreds of miles of unpaved trails, and management and operation of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.

With support from County Executive Reardon and the County Council, since 2004, more than $67 million dollars has been invested in the county’s park system to acquire and develop new trails and parks. 

For more information, contact, Russ Bosanko, the parks’ department’s division manager, at 425-388-6602 orruss.bosanko@snoco.org.

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