Tiffany has the scoop on a fun new park for kids near South King County!
Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley recently installed new play equipment and I took my son and his friend to check it out. This 117-acre park already has so much to offer; the new play area is the icing on the cake.
From the main parking lot, take the paved path on the right (if facing the rear of the lot). This path takes you over a bubbling creek and past a baseball field and then you will see the playground right in front of you.
There play area is enclosed by a curb and covered in bark mulch. The smaller play structure has two shorter slides for the littles plus a “tent” with a climbing wall and space to crawl inside.
The larger structure offers two bigger slides plus lots of places to balance and climb.
A separate swing set has a glider, regular swings, baby swings and even an oversized baby swing. The biggest hit seemed to be the spinner, all of the kids were on it going around and around at one point!
In addition to the play equipment, there are paved paths for bikes or scooters, picnic tables, BBQ’s, large grassy areas, bathrooms, faucets for watering your dog and dog waste bag stations.
The lake is just a few steps away and there are tables and benches to sit and watch the ducks, geese and even the occasional bald eagle–but please don’t feed the waterfowl! Picnic shelters and picnic sites near the lake are available for rent. The lake has a roped off swimming area with seasonal lifeguards (check website for dates and times) as well as concessions and boat rentals.
Lake Wilderness Park is open from 7 a.m. ’till dusk. Bring a picnic and spend the day!
Tiffany Doerr Guerzon