Today’s park report features Wonderwood Park in Lacey, a great choice for readers looking for a shady park or nature walk near Lacey.
It would also be a good meet-up place if you have friends near JBLM and friends near Olympia and you’re wanting to get everyone together. Bring a picnic, have a walk through some of its 39 wooded acres, and then let the kiddos play on the playground while you catch up. There is also plenty of open space to kick around a ball or toss a frisbee. If you have a Lacey area preschool or home school group, it would be a good choice for your get together.
My big kid and I discovered this spot when we found ourselves in Lacey with a couple of hours to kill and only a few bucks to spend (longish story). Luckily, my park finding radar has never let me down!
This one is tucked away at the end of a residential street. There is ample parking once you find it. There are miles of paved trail that would be great for beginning bike riders or strollers, lots of towering trees to look at, picture perfect picnic sites (it reminded me a lot of a woodsy campground), and a fun playground. There are also tennis courts and ball fields, and I’m guessing on game days it gets plenty lively.
On our visit, there were just two other groups of folks, even though it was a Saturday afternoon. The shade was absolutely delicious, and our little walk around the trees was positively tranquil. We even heard birds chirping. I’m guessing that because it’s a bit tucked away it’s less popular than Lacey’s other parks. This one may not have enough features to make it a true destination park, but I do think it’s worth finding-especially on a day when you could use the shade of an old forest.
Note that there are multiple entrances to this park. There are also kids’ swings and a separate play structure at the Sunset entrance. The one above is at the Stikes Road entrance. You can get directions and other info. at the city website here.