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April 2014 

Message from County Executive John Lovick
Our hearts are heavy knowing the Oso, Darrington, and Arlington communities are forever changed by this tragic and devastating event. We grieve with the families who've lost loved ones, and we mourn for their loss. To honor them, our flags will remain at half-staff until further notice.
But if there's a bright spot, it's knowing that the Snohomish County family is strong, and we'll pull together to do whatever it takes to help.

 So thank you for all you're doing and for your compassion and concern.


Squire Creek Park can be accessed via the Mountain Loop Highway through Granite Falls (due to the SR-530 closure).


The Centennial Trail was not affected by the slide. However, one mile of the six miles that is open on the Whitehorse Trail was affected.The focus currently is to open up Highway 530 first and look at trail options second.  


Job Opportunities

We are now hiring for pool positions at McCollum Park Pool and seasonal park ranger positions.


Positions available include pool manager, lifeguards, swim instructors, swim team coach, assistant coach, pool maintenance, lessons coordinator, seasonal park ranger assistant and and adaptive recreation assistant positions.

Click here to apply. 


Want to work at the Evergreen State Fair? Click here to apply for positions available with The Evergreen State Fairgrounds. 


Campsites, shelters, youth activities, swim lessons 
Summer reservations are going fast, so make yours today at


Trail Closures

~ A portion of the Whitehorse

   Trail is washed out

   approximately two miles 

   west of Darrington;

~ Lime Kiln Trail at the 2-mile

   mark along the railroad

   grade is closed due to a 


~ Meadowdale Park access  

   tunnel to beach remains  

   closed due to build-up

   of silt in the salmon  



Events & activities
Frontier Family Night at the Evergreen Speedway this Saturday, Kids 10 & FREE

2014 Summer Camps & Classes 

Click here to register.


Summer recreation brochure will be online at about April 18.


Special Needs recreation events: Click here for schedule.


Evergreen State Fairgrounds:


Gardening classes & information:


FREE IMAX movies, workshops, estuary restoration, solar projects:


Mini-Hydro Boat Races at Twin Lake Park - FREE to watch: Click here for schedule.


Streamkeeper Academy event
5th grade students from the St. Bridgett Assumption Elementary School planted sixty 4'-5' high Christmas trees along the banks of Bear Creek in Friendly Village, a senior mobile home complex in March.
The trees were purchased by Adopt-A-Stream Foundation members during the 2013 year-end holiday season. 




April 26, 10am-8pm; April 27, 10am-5pm

Carnival opens April 25, 4pm 


Food and entertainment for the whole family



  • Spike & The Impalers concert on Sat. 6:30-8 p.m.
  • "Gardening with Ciscoe" on Sun. 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Kids Zone activities
  • The Pacific Science Center's "Science on Wheels" Engineering Exhibit
  • Youth fish for trout in the Les Schwab Trout Pond
  • Reptile Man (Scott Peterson & his exotic reptiles) 
  • Carnival rides
  • Busy Bee Quilt Show
  • Delicious food
  • Sip a root beer float from our root beer garden
  • Sample a local micro brew in our beer garden
  • Bands on stage include Cascade Range, Monroe Concert Band, Snohomish High School Jam Club
  • Danny Vernon (Visions of Elvis)
  • Roving throughout the grounds: Steve the Pretty Good Magician & Eric Haines
  • Barbeque Cook-off Competition
  • Grill Mat and other cooking demonstrations
  • Face painting & balloon twisting - FREE!
  • Sprint Car races on Saturday
  • Things to do in your own backyard
  • 4-H Horse Show
  • Sky Valley Swap Meet
  • Western Heritage Museum

Purchase discount carnival wristbands and find more information at

The fairgrounds is located at 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, WA  98272.

2014 McCollum Pool Program 

 "The highest quality and most affordable aquatics program in the county for all ages."


~New this year -- one-week swim lesson sessions.  
 Swim lesson registration has begun! 

   Click here to register on-line.


The 2014 McCollum Park Pool Program Handbook is now available on-line. Click here: 


If you have any questions regarding the 2014 McCollum Pool Program, please do not hesitate to contact Tony Trofimczuk, Recreation Supervisor, at 425-388-6604 or
 e-mail at


YOU are our BEST Marketing Tool.  Please help spread the word regarding McCollum Pool.  

Earth Day Work Party at Narbeck  

Please join Friends of Narbeck on Saturday April 19, 2014 for a work party celebrating Earth Day at Narbeck.The work party begins at 10:00 am with coffee, juice, fruit and muffins. We will finish by 12:00 pm.


We will remove invasive plants, trim alder to preserve wetland views, clear the leaky berm, refresh the parking lot and generally clean the park. 


Dress for the weather. Bring your favorite nippers. We will provide tools if you don't have a favorite. Be prepared to cut, clip, pull, clean and enjoy the park.


All family and friends are welcome. 


Esperance Park invasive plants removed

On Saturday March 29th, in between rain showers and wind storms, more than a dozen of members of the Friends of Esperance Park held their third semi-annual parks clean-up. 


Each event, which is organized by the Friends of Esperance Park and supported by the Parks Department, has focused on removing invasive holly, blackberry and English ivy from the wooded area of Esperance Park. 


For more information about future events at Esperance Park, email

Girl & Dad Fishing
Kids Fishing Day
May 17 8 a.m.-2 p.m. for ages 14 & under

Gissberg Twin Lakes County Park
(16324 Twin Lakes Avenue, west of I-5 at Exit 206)
A great first fishing day for parents and kids!

Gear available or use your own
Expert assistance from volunteer fishing guides
Hosted by Everett Steelhead & Salmon Club and Snohomish County Parks & Recreation 
425-388-6604    /
"Don't let your kid be the one who got away . . . " (Zebco)

Trout planted in county lakes

Opening day of fishing season should be good! 
Several county lakes were stocked with trout in March.
Find the exact number of fish planted at 
Municipal golf courses in the rough, Everett Herald, 3/29/2014


Campsite Reservations/Picnic Shelters/ Room Rentals:  online / 425-388-6600 
Ballfields/Volunteers/ Recreation/McCollum Pool :  360-805-6753    
Evergreen Fairgrounds & Fairgrounds RV Park:  360-805-6700  /
Contact Information:

County Executive:  /  425-388-3879 

Department Director:  /  425-388-6600


Snohomish County Parks & Recreation strives to provide safe, enjoyable, attractive parks with diverse programs and responsive services that enhance our quality of life and preserve the natural and recreational resources of Snohomish County.