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The word on the street: Everett is the place to be this summer. From south Everett to the waterfront, summer in the city delivers equal opportunity play for all ages with affordable family fun, and art that inspires spontaneous creativity.
“August is summer’s grand finale. The weather is perfect, the options are plenty and all our beautiful parks and city streets are booming with activity,” said Cory Rettenmier, parks and community services manager.
Open fields, playgrounds and beaches in Everett’s parks offer free, daily activities. Visit one of Everett’s 45 parks, enjoy an evening stroll among the birds on Lowell Riverfront Trail or stop and enjoy the beauty of the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens. Adventure awaits at these special seasonal programs around the city:
Staycation at south Everett’s Silver Lake
For a day off with family and friends, look no further than the 35-acre urban oasis of Thornton A. Sullivan Park at Silver Lake at 11405 Silver Lake Road. From a morning paddle to mid-day music to movies under the stars, Silver Lake has it all.
Open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the park includes: a sandy lake beach, docks for swimming, fishing and small watercrafts, a nine-hole disc golf course, a concrete table for Ping-Pong, a sprawling, adaptive playground, walking trails, picnic facilities and restrooms. No lifeguards are present – visitors should always closely supervise children in the water and avoid swimming alone. Bring your own sunscreen, lifejackets, table tennis paddles and balls, and flying discs.
A children’s concert series fills the upper Camp Patterson Field with joy and movement Thursdays, 10-11 a.m., through Aug. 23. The hour-long concerts feature top performers from throughout the Puget Sound region. Bring a cooler, towels and sunscreen, and follow up with a full day outdoors.
When the summer sun sets, Friday nights offer free blockbusters at Cinema Under the Stars on the upper field. Pre-show entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m., and the movies start at dusk. Bring cash for snacks and blankets, and low-back chairs for comfortable seating.
Follow your ears downtown for myriad entertainment options, including do-it-yourself music. Listen for tentative plunks and spontaneous solos by passing piano virtuosos during Street Tunes daily, Aug. 1-21, featuring 18 pianos embellished by local artists throughout downtown.
Spoken words and applause animate the Wetmore Theater Plaza, 2710 Wetmore Ave., during free children’s theater performances. Kidstage actors show off their skills with excerpts from Seussical Kids at noon on Fridays through Aug. 10.
Go with the flow on the Waterfront
Miles of sandy beach and shallow, sun-warmed surf on Jetty Island’s western shore draw castle builders, waders and kite boarders in all kinds of weather. Birders and naturalists enjoy exploring the salt marsh, dunes and lagoon. Join in a sandcastle-building contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 25, or plan to take a guided nature walk.
Getting to and from Jetty Island makes Everett’s two-mile paradise even more enjoyable! The Jetty Island Ferry departs from 10th Street and West Marine View Drive starting at 10 a.m. through Sept. 3. Everett residents and groups of eight or more can make reservations, highly recommended, by calling 425-257-8304. Suggested donations of $2 per adult and $1 per child help keep the ferry running. Check out the Jetty Island ferry schedule and interpretive program calendar to plan your trip.
If live music and savory bites are more appealing than sandy toes, catch free concerts and a range of dining options during Music at the Marina from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Thursday and Saturday through Aug. 30 at Port Gardner Landing, 1700 W. Marine View Dr.
For a day entirely devoted to canine friends (and their people), move upriver on Aug. 11 for Mutt Strutat the Animal Shelter and Langus Riverfront Park, 400 Smith Island Road. Mutt Strut visitors will enjoy fun attractions, interactive vendor booths, a beer garden, food and free swag from vendors, while supplies last.
Play all day at Forest Park
Summer brings another kind of animal fun at Everett’s iconic Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. The Animal Farmwelcomes all ages to experience barnyard life from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, through Aug. 19. Pet wandering goats and see a variety of other animals, including rabbits, ducks, chickens, pigs and ponies. Visitor donations help offset the cost of feed and maintenance.
If the sunny barnyard gets too warm, a short walk to the main park promises refreshment. The outdoor wading pool at Forest Park Swim Center opens when the temperature reaches 65 degrees. Children ages 7 and younger are welcome to wade noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 31.Find open swim timesfor the indoor pool.
Across the field and adjacent to the park’s main playground, a water playground features 16 interactive fountains and designated tot spray pad from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sept. 26. Benches just out of spray’s reach and the large adjacent lawns are perfect for drying out.
Pack a picnic and stay all day to explore miles of shady trails through the woods.
For a complete listing of summer events and programs, parks and other recreation facilities throughout the city, everettwa.gov/parks.