Our tour of local parks began in part because a friend was concerned that there weren't enough cost-free places to take kids. Research suggests there are 92 municipal parks with playgrounds (ask for our spreadsheet!) including the parks of Snohomish County and the cities of Bothell, Brier, Edmonds, Everett, Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Mountlake Terrace, and Mukilteo. Within the confines of the city of Lynnwood, there are 14 city and county parks with playgrounds and we visited two more that don't have playgrounds (there are plenty more that are trail-oriented or have monuments). Weirdly, Brier Patch Park has a Lynnwood address despite being a City of Brier operation, but we're leaving it out since it really is in an area anyone would consider Brier.
We'll rank all of the parks we visited in Lynnwood below.
Definitely Go Here
Meadowdale Neighborhood Park - Aesthetic gem of a city park on 168th St SW (next to Meadowdale High School) with a good-sized playground, unique cable glider, and parking issues.
Martha Lake Park - Large county park on the south end of Martha Lake off of 164th St SW with beach access, two playgrounds, fishing docks, and tons of picnic area.
Lynndale Park - The City of Lynnwood's megafacility featuring an amphitheater, skate park, tennis courts, Little League fields, picnic facilities, two playgrounds, basketball courts, and cool walking trails.
Stadler Ridge Park - The city of Lynnwood tossed up a park on a hillside and made it cool. Near 36th Ave W, it has a small and fun playground, a nearly useless basketball hoop, and very cool three-tiered slides coming down the hill.
Sprague's Pond Mini Park - Lynnwood's cool mini park on 200th St SW (blink and you'll miss the entrance - we did). Fun little playground, small grassy area, pond views, and that's it.
Martha Lake Airport Park - Large county park at the north end of Martha Lake with a weird playground, plenty of sports fields, a skate park, and some truly hideous public art.
Scriber Lake Park - Not the kind of city park we usually visit (no play equipment), yet it's a great place for a stroll along the boardwalk by the lake near 196th St SW, very close to other parks and retail/restaurants.Pioneer Park - The lamest of several city parks along 36th Ave W sports some decent tennis courts, a lame playground, a big grassy field, and a short but fun nature trail. Good for walking your dogs.
Lake Stickney Community Park - County park off of Manor Way cool for your dog, not interesting for humans.