Category Archives: Parks & Trails

AM/PM Park Temporarily Closed for Maintenance

When: 10/27 and 10/28 from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM
(Previously scheduled for 10/22 & 10/23, rescheduled due to weather)
Where: AM/PM Beach (Park)

What: Sudden Valley will be replacing curbside barriers (boulders), this activity will involve heavy equipment and other support vehicles along with large boulders. Pedestrians are asked to stay out of the park for their safety, the park should re-open October 24th

Contact: Bruce Bishop SVCA Maintenance Manager; or 360-724-8000

Members Cautioned: Aggressive Red Winged Blackbird on Lake Louise Trail

Spring is in full bloom and along with renewed nature comes new animal friends. Please be aware that along Lake Louise Trail there is a Red Winged Blackbird Nest that is being aggressively protected by its mother. Several people have been injured by this bird while walking the trail and you are advised to use caution and keep aware of your surroundings. WA Fish and Wildlife has been notified, and we have been reminded to be respectful when traversing the animal’s home and use caution, and to do everything we can to ensure that the nest remains undisturbed. Thank you for your stewardship in our beautiful forest.

Use of Park Facilities

With Memorial Day on Monday we would like to remind our Members that while our Parks are open for day use, social distancing practices are still in place. In addition, our playground structures and sports courts are still closed. We would like to thank our Members for their cooperation and help with promoting the safety and welfare of our neighbors by practicing social distancing requirements and not using playgrounds or sports courts. Thank you.

Playground Structures temporarily CLOSED through WA State mandated closure period.

All play structures will be CLOSED during the WA State mandated closure period. We ask that you please respect this decision and do not play on playground equipment during this time for the health and safety of our community members. Affected parks with playground structures include:

o Recreation Corridor
o Marina
o Cascade
o Maple Leaf
o Treehouse
o Gate 5
o Huckleberry
Parks that are open spaces without play structures, dog parks, trails, and green belts remain OPEN but social distancing is required. Thank you for your understanding.

Community Center Playground Project Starts!

We are excited to let you know the parks crew has started work on renovating the playground area at the Community Center. Due to the nature of the work, the playground will be closed starting November 4th until completion of the project. The project should take about 3 – 4 weeks. We ask that you please do not enter the area while it is under construction. We are working on conducting repairs to existing equipment, installing new equipment, and repairing the area in general. We will keep you updated on the status of the project. For more information, please contact Recreation Manager Maddie Ottley at Thank you for your understanding.

Gate 5 Park Re-Opened!

The Recreation Department is excited to announce the re-opening of Gate 5 Park as of today! Our parks crew has been working hard over the past several weeks to upgrade the safety of the park, and add additional play and parking area. The crew:

  • Excavated out old non-compliant woodchips; about 60 yards.
  • Removed tree stumps and seeded dirt areas creating larger play area.
  • Installed landscaping fabric to prevent vegetation growth in play area.
  • Installed playground borders.
  • Installed compliant fall surface; washed pea gravel.
  • Inspected and cleaned play equipment.

We will be starting renovation of the Community Center playground area shortly and will keep you updated! For more information, you can contact Recreation Manager Maddie Ottley at Thank you.

Gate 5 Park Progress Update

Gate 5 Park – construction underway!

The Parks crew is hard at work improving the Gate 5 Park! They are currently removing old degraded wood chips, and will install landscape fabric and playground borders next. After that, they will install code-compliant fall surface; washed pea gravel. As part of this project, they are also removing old stumps to create a larger play area, and expanding the parking area. We anticipate the project to be completed at the end of September. Thank you!

Gate 5 Park Renovation

Over the course of September, Recreation Department staff will be improving and repairing the Gate 5 Park. Staff will be removing old fall surface and installing new material as well as playground borders and landscaping fabric.

The Park will be closed starting September 4th. We anticipate re-opening the park on October 1st. During this time, the park is not available for use. Thank you for your patience.