Thursday, July 30, 2015

Aparkolypse 2015: Daleway Park

19015 64th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA 98036

Daleway Park is located right where commercial and residential Lynnwood converge, featuring "features a spray park, large active play areas, a basketball court, and picnic facilities. The east side of the park is forested and includes a neighborhood trail connection to 60th Ave W."


A quick view of the map reveals several parks in the area (all of them fine in their own right), but only Daleway possesses the coveted spray park.

Photo by City of Lynnwood

The Lynnwood spray parks are open from "June" until Labor Day, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but rumor has it the hours go from a bit earlier than that to a bit later.  The spray park is perfect for lazy fathers who don't want to actually take their children swimming; it's also safe for toddlers and other non-swimmers.

Daleway also offers wide spaces for rest, play, eating, or pretending you're a medieval person. Bathrooms are adequate and right next to the spray/play area.  Parking is plentiful.

Shielded behind the trees surrounding the main play area is a wooded picnic area and short walking trail.


Play Area

The main playset is old and not easy on the eyes, but there's plenty fun to do and it's in good shape. The basketball court has two regulation-height hoops and one slightly lowered for children and the athletically aspirational. Hopscotch and foursquare are also charmingly available. 


Daleway Park is a bit of a mixed bag aesthetically - naturally beautiful, clean, well-maintained, but shows its age, especially in design - but it's hard to complain about a space so diverse and functional in use.  The spray park was busy yet not inundated like North Lynnwood Park often gets.  Daleway is probably best used for a small group gathering or a family outing to picnic, play, and in the summer, cool off.

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