Blink and you'll miss the entrance to the pleasant Sprague's Pond Mini Park, located in the heart of Lynnwood. Sprague's Pond is a solid place for your kids to play and nearly fall into the water as they try to pet ducks.
One of two mini parks in Lynnwood (defined as a half acre or less), there isn't much here. Parking is limited to a handful of spots and you'll find two picnic tables. If you need a bigger park, there are several literally within a few minutes' drive; come here for a little peace. And the ducks.
While feeding wildlife is generally discouraged anywhere, Sprague's Pond offers an opportunity to remind children that ducks should definitely not be fed ranch-flavored Corn Nuts.
The park's official website includes this map to help you navigate the neighborhood. Volunteers who helped rebuild the park in 2009 left their mark with decorative tiles inlaid in the play area. And as with many of the parks on our tour, fresh blackberries are available to pick.
Our kids really enjoyed the play structure, which is recommended for ages 5 to 12, but is fine for a little younger than that. They wanted nothing to do with the swingset, and we're sure it had nothing to do with the boisterous aging woman who was swinging vigorously and almost certainly not under the influence of narcotics.
We recommend Sprague's Pond as a quiet alternative to some of the larger parks, a scenic neighborhood respite for young and old. Plus, if Uncle Andy's buying ice cream afterward, who wouldn't have a great time?