Lynnwood Today looks at parks to celebrate Park and Recreation Month

Children and families participated in an Easter Egg hunt earlier this year at Wilcox Park.

The Lynnwood City Council and Mayor Don Gough have proclaimed July to be Park and Recreation Month.

The proclamation, which was passed during the June 24 city council meeting, stated in part that parks and recreation activities and experiences provide opportunities for young people to live, grow and develop into contributing members of their community and enriches life experience for older members of the community.

To help celebrate Park and Recreation Month, Lynnwood Today will be taking a look at some of the parks in the city and what they amenities they offer.

Stadler Ridge Park

Stadler Ridge Park
Stadler Ridge Park

Dedicated on April 1, Stadler Ridge Park is the city’s newest park. It is located at 17428 33rd Pl. W. and is a 2-acre neighborhood park. The park development was funded with a grant from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program and the City of Lynnwood General Fund. The park was proposed by members of the Lynnwood Parks and Recreation Board in 1998

The park includes natural forested areas and rolling topography, with rock outcroppings, stumps and logs retained in the landscape as informal seating and natural play features. Three slides connect hillside terraces with play equipment. A loop trail encircles the active central portion of the park, and nature trails wind through the forested areas.

Here are some of the park’s features

  • Play Structure (ages 5-12)
  • Slides
  • Basketball Key
  • Large Grass Play Area
  • Walking Trail (0.2-mile)
  • Nature Trails (0.14-mile)
  • Picnic Area
  • Interpretive Sign
  • On-Street Parking

Stadler Ridge Park is named for the Stadler family who settled in this area in 1928. Emil and Katie Stadler moved to Alderwood Manor from Montana and purchased a five-acre farm on 36th Ave. W. where they raised eight children. In the early 1940s, the family purchased an additional 10 acres to the west, and 10 acres to the south of this park. Descendants of the Stadler family continue to live in the Lynnwood area. An interpretative sign at the entrance to the park tells the history of the site and of the Stadler family.

Wilcox Park

Wilcox Park
Wilcox Park

Lynnwood’s first park established in 1962 is located 5215 196th St. SW. and is a 7.2-acre community park. Wilcox Park is a popular venue for community events, such as an Easter Egg hunt earlier this year.  Also known as “Flag Park,” the park displays an historical set of 27 United States flags representing the 13 colonies and the incorporation of states.

Here are some of the park’s features:

  • Flag Plaza
  • Bandstand
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Large Grass Play Area
  • Play Structure (ages 5-12)
  • Tot Lot (ages 2-4)
  • Swings
  • Basketball Court
  • Forested Area
  • Restrooms
  • Parking

In the 1920s, this property was part of a 40-acre dairy farm originally owned by Charley Olsen, a local milk deliveryman. Eugene and Gunda Wilcox leased the farm in 1926 and raised eight children there. In 1961, seven acres of the property were deeded to the City of Lynnwood for its first community park. In 2007, the Wilcox family donated the picnic shelter located on the north side of the park.

Scriber Creek Bridge, located west of the park, is a remnant of the two-lane road that once connected Alderwood Manor to Highway 99 and Edmonds (now 196th Street SW.). In the 1960s, the road was relocated to the south and expanded to four lanes, closing the bridge to vehicular traffic. Today the bridge provides pedestrian access to the park. The Scriber Creek Bridge is included on the City of Lynnwood Register of Historic Landmarks.





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