July 3, 2000
Summer getawaysHot time/summer in the city
Back of my neck feelin' dirt & gritty
Cool down/isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
-- The Lovin' Spoonful
by Becky Nixon, staff reporter
Summer came sizzling in with the summer solstice. A summer that actually arrives on time is is a rarity for the Northwest, when the month of June usually has lighter rain than, say, the month of January.
Summer is definitely here and people are looking for ways to cool off and beat the heat without using any more high priced gas than necessary.
When it's hot, Northwest residents can head to water in every direction, but to conserve gas and mental energy, look in your backyard to city and King County Parks.
Park at Bothell LandingThe City of Bothell recently renovated the Park at Bothell Landing, and if you walk over the bridge spanning the Sammamish River, it connects to the Burke-Gilman Trail. The Park at Bothell Landing offers picnic tables (but no shelters), wonderful playgound equipment, restaurants across the street, and the cool water of the Sammamish River, with a relaxing and tranquil setting. The Park contains the Bothell Historical Museum, and other historical buildings.
Drop a canoe (with a license) in the river and take a paddle to cool off. If you want to hike, ride horses or bikes, access and parking for the Burke-Gilman Trail is located just past the Park on 102nd St. Take Hwy. 522 into Bothell, follow it to NE 180th, and turn left. The park is 1/2 block up on the right.
Blyth ParkTake the path at the Park at Bothell Landing or drive to lovely Blyth Park. Also on the Sammamish River, Blyth Park has playgrounds, picnic tables (including two shelters), a field area for games and sports, and a volleyball area. The nature trails will be closed this summer due to county construction, but there is definitely room for the kids to run and the setting is cool for parents.
Heading north on I-405, take the first Bothell exit. Head west on Hwy. 522 into Bothell. At the first traffic light, veer right onto Kaysner Way and go up the hill. At the four-way stop, turn left onto 102nd. After crossing the bridge, the Senior Center will be straight ahead and you have to turn left or right. Turn right onto West Riverside Drive and the road deadends at Blyth Park.
Combine these two parks with the trail along the Sammamish River, and relaxation options are limitless. As with all city parks, opening is at 8 a.m.and closing is at 9 p.m. or dusk, whichever is earlier.
Cottage Lake ParkCottage Lake Park, located between Woodinville and Duvall on the Woodinville-Duvall Road, is a recently renovated King County treasure.
With a swimming dock and swim area on Cottage Lake, fields for picnic and play, and the new fenced swimming pool with lifeguards, the park is a great place to cool off and relax. Trails and a playground offer family fun for all ages.
Cottage Lake Park is located a couple hundred yards past Avondale Road on the left if you are traveling east toward Woodinville on the Woodinville-Duvall Road. King County Park hours are dawn until dusk.
MacDonald ParkTwo of the best-kept secrets in the lower Snoqualmie Valley are the John MacDonald Memorial Park in the city of Carnation and the newly-expanded and rededicated McCormick Park in the city of Duvall.
King County's MacDonald Park is an oasis of calm and beauty in rural Carnation. Located off Hwy. 203 and NE 40th in the Carnation city limits, it has a feeling of total privacy. Situated next to the Snoqualmie River, there is nightly camping at $15 per campsite.
Walk across the suspension bridge to a large covered picnic facility, trails, and more campsites. There is plenty of room to roam, and the valley setting is inspiring.
Fishing with a license is permitted according to State Fish & Game regulations. From June 1 to Nov. 20, bring your barbless, baitless hooks (file down those Hot Shot barbs) and spend an average of approximately eighty hours to catch your two 14" fish limit.
It is peaceful on the shore. Wade in the river or innertube down the close section of the Tolt River that empties into the Snoqualmie. The water is a bit nippy, but refreshing on hot days.
McCormick ParkThe newly-rededicated William F. McCormick Park is located next to the Snoqualmie River as it bends along the City of Duvall. A gorgeous sandy beach stretches to the cool, green water.
The last weekend of July every year is the Sandblast Festival, with sand sculptures, art, and music. This year, festival attendees will have the pleasure of numerous picnic tables, grills for barbeques, trails galore, benches for people-watching, and a wide-open range for oldtime softball games.
At the light at Stephens Street and Hwy. 203, turn toward the water, park, and take a short hike to the trail into the park. There is a portable toilet only, and visitors are advised to bring their own drinking water.
Last week's high temperatures brought kids and adults alike to the Cottage Lake Pool.
Cottage Lake Park is a great place to meet up with friends and cool off.