Exploration Park Grand Opening

Posted on 10/18/2019

A ribbon cutting ceremony and park dedication for Exploration Park, located at 13901 North Pointe Circle, will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. City Council members will be in attendance, as well as City Staff and City Manager Michael Ciaravino. The general public is welcome to attend.

Exploration Park has been a community-wide endeavor. In 2016, the City’s Parks and Recreation Board, with the assistance of the Design Review Board, developed four original design concept alternatives for the vision of the park for public review and input. The public preference was strongly in favor of a natural play park concept.

In late 2017, the City Council named the project Exploration Park, as the natural play features encourage organic opportunities for child exploration. The design concept included a large play lawn, a climbing hill with an embedded slide, logs and rocks for scaling and a beaver den. City Council awarded a construction contract to locally owned firm McClure & Sons, Inc. in December 2018 and construction began in April 2019.

Field upgrades included grading, drainage and irrigation solutions, picnic tables, pathways and park entrances that meet ADA requirements. The severe drainage issues proved to be the most expensive aspect of the construction process, as regular rainfall left the park ground disastrously soggy.

The playground element of Exploration Park includes a parkour structure, balance steppers, rock steps that lead to a slide, play logs and a beaver den. The cost of this part of the project was offset by a $100,000 grant from Snohomish County for the development of a playground structure.

Exploration Park opened to the public in mid-October, though construction crews are still on site to install final touches. These are expected to be completed by end of day today, Friday, Oct. 18.