A thirty-minute drive south, you’ll find Auburn, Washington. Nestled largely in the valley between Federal Way and Lee Hill, Auburn is a small city at the southernmost peak of King County. With a population of just over 70 thousand, Auburn is the fourteenth largest city in Washington State.
These five parks are touted as Auburn’s biggest and best, but what do you think?
Brennan Park is one of Auburn most “heavily used sports complexes” and is used by local public schools, including Cascade Middle School. A flat and open site that’s bordered to the east by the Green River. The park is otherwise surrounded by residential properties.
A massive sports arena, the park includes a baseball diamond, complete with lighted fields, a basketball court, soccer field, open play fields, a skate park, and play structure. Enjoy running or walking? The park offers a paved trail of .66 miles, but with such proximity to the Green River Trail, one can easily transition to the longer trail which winds through nineteen miles near the Duwamish Waterway.
Further south, along the State Route 167 highway, rests the Auburn Environmental Park. Touted for its expansive design, the reserve was formulated in 2004 and largely consists of Pacific Northwest wetlands. With a 1,200-foot elevated boardwalk, this park is comprised of 190.91 plus 16.84, for a combined 207-acres of open space.
Auburn’s premier, downtown park remains Les Grove Park. A 20-acre greenspace, complete with multi-purpose building, extensive, children’s playground, acres of fields and meadows, and a paved walking or running trail. Discovery Playground remains a popular place for families to exert energy and enjoy the sunshine.
The park’s proximity to the White River Valley Museum, Auburn Library, and the Auburn Senior Activity Center make it a perfect place for learning, inspiration, and fun. The Auburn Community & Event Center is also located at Les Grove Park!
Game Farm Park is noted as one of Auburn’s largest and most-used community park. Like Brennan Park, the space is loaded with sports-related structures and advocates physical activity. Tennis courts, soccer fields, softball fields, basketball courts, and outdoor fitness equipment are among the activities offered. A one-mile walking trail circumvents most of the western park.
Barbecue grills and picnic shelters make this a create spot for local gettogethers. You can even rent a shelter for Fall, Winter, and Spring occasions!
And across the White River is the Game Farm Wilderness Park. Linked to the White River Trail, this park is largely natural, with interconnecting trails throughout the wooded paradise. This natural paradise was designed to connect our usual city-dwelling life with nature’s sounds of the white river and local wildlife.
The park offers a campground not-too-far from home and many of the areas have been tailored for both recreation vehicles and conventional camping. The White River remains the main spectacle for the visitors, as it runs along the western border, but other activities include an 18-hole Disc Golf Course, paved and dirt trails, a kids’ play area, and fishing.
Some of our favorite parts of nature, can be found not-to-far from home. Nature trails? Bird watching? Yup, they’ve got it! And all within a thirty-minute drive from both Seattle and Bellevue!
Regardless of what you’re searching for, these parks have it all: recreation, wooded walks, and family fun. What are some of your favorite southend parks?