Over the course of almost a month, families took in fresh spring air and gorgeous sights, traversing the 2.75-mile trail through Whiskey Ridge in search of shamrocks, horseshoes, and rainbows all hinting at where to find a pot of gold. Once complete, participants had the chance to win prizes by submitting photos of themselves by the trail sign.
This year’s winners were the Kwong family, the Mann family, the Marchioni family, the Shafer family, the Spriggs family and the Wornick family.
“[It was a] Great event. Our kids loved it. [It] gave a frequent walking route, [and we now have a] new enthusiasm,” a member of the Robinson family, another participating group, said.
The awarded prize baskets were valued at approximately $40 each and winners were announced Thursday, March 31.
“We really did enjoy this. It was a fun family outing! We had never been on this trail either, so it was nice to learn of a new one,” a member of the Brown family said.
Families were able to register March 4, at $5 per family, and were emailed instructions before taking to the urban trail to walk, jog, or bike the paved pathway overlooking the city from Getchell Hill, and winding its way under power lines and quaint neighborhoods. There is even a small neighborhood playground at 72nd Place where children could take a break and stretch their legs.
“We love doing this with the kids and dogs! Would [would] love [to do] it more often,” the Thorne family said.
The city of Marysville started offering scavenger hunt events in the park in 2021 as a way for families to get out, have fun, and explore parks. The events have been so well received that they city have continued offering them throughout the year.
“Each scavenger hunt is different and unique, so many families have participated in multiple events,” Andrea Kingsford, Recreation Supervisor for Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation, told the Lynnwood Times. “We look forward to presenting more of these events in the future.”
Previous scavenger hunts include: Hearts in the Parks, The Great Egg Hunt, Wonders of the Ebey Trail and the Pumpkin Trails Quest. Families from Marysville as well as surrounding communities in Snohomish and King Counties have all traveled to Marysville to participate in these scavenger hunts for an excuse to have fun while getting fresh air and exercise.
The City is currently working to secure funding to complete a Phase III of Bayview Trail, which would connect the Bayview Trail to the regional Centennial Trail, an enormously popular recreational trail for walking, bicycling, hiking, and horseback riding accessible to persons of all levels of physical ability.