Courtesy of the City of Everett, here is an short list of fun and affordable things to do this summer for your perusal.
Sunny days are here again, and refreshing adventures await in Everett’s parks. Locals know how to beat the heat nearby in salt water, fresh water and at the water playground. “Water” you waiting for?
Water Playground at Forest Park
802 E. Mukilteo Blvd.
May 21-Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This is what backyard sprinklers want to be when they grow up. All ages are welcome to cool off in 16 interactive fountains with a mini-spray pad for tots. Picnic tables, benches, adjacent lawns and a large playground with swings are perfect for drying off. Stop for a refreshing break between other activities, or plan a summer day trip to enjoy all that this park has to offer: wooded walking trails, sport courts, the indoor swim center and the Animal Farm. The Animal Farm is open June 23-Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information, visit everettwa.gov/waterplayground.
Silver Lake beach
Thornton A. Sullivan Park, 11405 W. Silver Lake Rd.
April 1-Oct. 31, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.,
No lifeguards on duty – supervise children, wear lifejackets and swim with a friend!
Celebrate summer with a day at Silver Lake. A sandy beach, tables, rental shelters and shady lawns invite families to gather for picnics and play. The area features a large playground with swings and uniquely accessible features, a concrete ping-pong table and a nine-hole disc golf course.
Bring your own kayak or canoe, flying discs, ping-pong balls and paddles. Life jackets are available to borrow at the beach kiosk. Two picnic shelters and an indoor hall are available for event rentals. Pets are not allowed. For more information visit everettwa.gov/silverlake.
Jetty Island Days
July 5-Sept. 3
Warm, shallow surf, a sandy beach and abundant wildlife make Jetty Island feel like a world away, yet it’s just a few minutes from Everett’s waterfront. Located where the Snohomish River meets Port Gardner Bay, Jetty Island appeals to all kinds of beachgoers, from waders and castle architects to birders to athletes. Wind and surf from the Possession Sound shape tidal flats on the island’s western side, creating pools of warmer water and wide swaths of smooth sand. Birding and wildlife viewing opportunities abound at the northern lagoon, along dune trails, and around the eastern salt marsh and estuary. (Trails are not suitable for wheeled devices.) Park naturalists lead free, interpretive walks and classes throughout the day, and sunset harbor cruises leave from the shore some evenings.
Planning and preparing are essential to enjoying Jetty Island. The City urges all visitors to bring sunscreen, a source of shade and water. Other essentials include food, towels and dry clothes. There are no vendors or equipment rentals. Pack everything home, including trash. The ferry departs starting at 10 a.m. daily from the Jetty Landing & Boat Launch, 10th and W. Marine View Dr. Extremely low tides can disrupt service, but weather rarely does. Sailings fill very quickly.
Make advance ferry reservations to avoid long waits (for Everett residents and any group of eight or more). Suggested donations of $2 per adult and $1 per child help the program stay afloat. Adults must supervise children younger than 12 at all times. Plan to pay for Port of Everett parking. For ferry reservations, call 425-257-8304, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For full schedules and additional information visit everettwa.gov/jettyisland.