Sunday, August 21, 2016

Aparkolypse: Seaview Park


Our kids' Granny and Grandpa live in a house that's on the map below, so needless to say we know the stellar Seaview Park well. You're not likely to end up here on accident, though if you did, you would still probably have a really good time.



Amenities/Facilities

Let's start with some of the less impressive aspects. One probably can't be too choosy about municipal tennis courts, and these are no different in being underwhelming. A basketball hoop is just tossed up at the end of the parking lot, where an errant shot could end up damaging our fabulously luxurious car!


We probably shouldn't complain about a place you can go play sports for free, yet here we are. The baseball/softball diamond that bleeds into the soccer field is okay. The field is at least flat if not in great condition. Parking is available on the street on the east side of the field and a few benches are scattered along the boundary.




On the east side of the park (by the playground) a grassy, steep hill, perfect for ice blocking (not that we'd endorse that kind of behavior) or rolling down shouting "aaaaaas yooooouuuu wiiiiiiiiissssh!" At the bottom of this hill is a grassy area, good for tossing balls and discs. With any kind of precipitation, it gets pretty muddy.


Seaview Park has solid bathrooms and a water fountain. A gentle paved walkway circumnavigates the park.

Play

The nice playground is divided into older/younger kid play sets, though frankly there isn't that much difference between them. The play area is well away from traffic and the parking lot, but it is right by the big grassy hill which is very easy to tumble down for little-legged people. Fortunately, also right by the playground are the bathrooms and picnic tables and benches, where lazy fathers can use the Xfinity Wi-Fi to continue their Angry Birds-related conquests.






Review

Fortunately for us, we love this park. There is a ton to do, it's very scenic, and convenient for our relative visiting purposes.



Aparkolypse: 92nd Street Park




If you're on the way to the lovely but weird playground-ed Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, consider stopping by 92nd Street Park, a beautiful and interesting spot mere minutes from the ferry terminal, restaurants, shopping, schools, and the city library.


Amenities/Facilities

Once you pull in the entrance on 92nd St, there's plenty of parking near both the uphill and downhill areas of the park. Uphill is where you'll find the bathrooms, drinking fountains, and most of the picnic tables and benches. The park was well-populated with local exercise walkers and hikers accessing the Big Gulch Trail. We recommend reading Craig Romano's Hike of the Week blog for his review of the trail. The trail extends from the park to the Mukilteo library, about 2.5 miles round trip. Within the park itself are some short and very mild nature trails. Scattered around are some medium-sized grassy areas.









Play

There are two playground areas of the park, the portion uphill (near the bathrooms) being designed for little kids and the portion downhill (by the pond) for bigger kids.

Downhill Playground

We are a sucker for a well-executed themed playground design, and the downhill playground delivers. The cool tree house design makes it easy for active and imaginative play.

 




Uphill Playground

The uphill playground is more traditional and still plenty of fun. Our weirdo kids seemed to prefer it even as they often proclaim their hatred of "baby stuff." Both playgrounds are decently far away from the busy Mukilteo Speedway/525.


 

Review

Cool and useful playgrounds, gorgeous scenery, decent bathrooms, and a place to park are about all we really need in a park. We strongly endorse 92nd St Park.