We love to try out new-to-us playgrounds this time of year! Today writer mom, Julie Collins, tells us about taking her kids on a fun playground hop in Bonney Lake at the Tehaleh Community (Yes, anyone is welcome).
Tehaleh is a big planned community in Bonney Lake. Have you heard of it? It covers over 4,200 acres and has eight different builders building new single-family homes. But on a recent sunny morning, we weren’t there to look at the houses, or even check out the 10 miles of hiking and nature trails. We were there for the playgrounds, and Tehaleh did not disappoint!
We started out at Big Sky Park, and its name delivered, with huge views of both Mt.Rainier and the Olympics. This park has T-Rex bones for climbing, a water channel for water and sand play, big open fields for playing (which were a bit mushy after all the rain we’ve had), a Bocce ball court, restroom, picnic shelter, a small swing set, and a zip line. YES…a zip line! It’s definitely not for the toddler set, but my almost 5 year old couldn’t get enough of it. I could not get enough of the views.
Next stop: Sprouts Holler! This park is more centrally located, and has something for everyone. It’s located adjacent to the elementary school, and has a ball field (soccer/baseball), playground equipment, a slide built into a hill, a sport court with short basketball court for smaller athletes, and a scooter park. The playground equipment has enough variety to please the toddler set as well as older kids. There is a porta potty at this park.
Our last playground of the day was Sticks ’n’ Stones. This park is awesome, and alone is worth the drive out to Tehaleh. It’s got two different play structures (one lower and one taller), and an open grassy area to play. What gives this park its name, and its unique appeal, are the large boulders, stumps, and logs that are permanently set up as natural climbing and play features. There is also a wooded area with paths my son and his friend loved playing in. They happily dragged fallen branches around, building “walls”. At this park there is also a porta potty, although that might just be there temporarily as there are homes under construction adjacent to the park.
I highly recommend visiting Tehaleh if you are within reasonable driving distance to Bonney Lake. The entire community is beautifully landscaped and maintained, and the playgrounds are terrific. Go on clear day! At Big Sky Park and on the road leaving Tehaleh, the views of Rainier are magnificent.
You’ll also want to spend some time checking out the nature trails at Tehaleh. If that’s too much for one visit, plan a return trip! Here’s a post with information about the Tehaleh trail system!