The past few days this week have been a teaser of what people in the Pacific Northwest have been waiting for…SUN. When we see the sun and feel a little bit of warmth we come out of our cocoons and try to soak up as much heat as we can because next week it may be cold and cloudy again. Some are adventurous enough to put on shorts and many will be hitting all the parks.
We are a diverse county. We’re the only county in the continental United States that goes from sea level to the highest point. We have water sports and snow sports. We can hike on trails and kayak on rivers. And we have an abundant selection of recreational opportunities that our Pierce County Parks Department maintains, which includes 4,200 acres at 50 park sites, three recreation centers, a sports complex, ice rink, skateboard park, two boat launch sites, three golf courses, trail corridors, two disc golf courses, and a large number of passive open space sites through Pierce County’s Conservation Futures system.
The county offers an array of outdoor activities throughout the region. Are you looking to play softball or soccer? Try Heritage Park in South Hill or Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway. And, according to my grandson, Sprinker has a great skate park! How about swimming, boating or water skiing? Go to Spanaway Lake or North Lake Tapps Park. My favorite pastime is golf. The county has three courses; Spanaway Lake with a driving range and 18-hole course, Steilacoom with a 9-hole course, and our own world famous champion course, Chambers Bay. The Chambers property includes an 18-hole course, driving range and practice greens. It is challenging, but I have to brag a bit…I got my best score there! Chambers also has some great trails, western exposure beachfront, and a restaurant with views of a beautiful sunset. It is a jewel! Speaking of trails, Pierce County is full of hiking options. One of the most popular is the Foothills Trail, in the eastern part of the county near Orting. Horses are welcome too. If you prefer biking, try the Cushman Trail west of the Narrows. Our Parks department also offers classes, sport leagues, camps, senior activities and activities for our special needs population.
By the time you read this it will probably be raining again. If you have lived here for any length of time, you know that if you don’t like the weather, just wait for 20 minutes…it will change. In the meantime, check out the county Parks and Recreation website and start planning your summer now.