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New South Lynnwood Park renovation creates healthy play space

LYNNWOOD – Earlier today, the City of Lynnwood, Trust for Public Land, and Kaiser Permanente celebrated the reopening of South Lynnwood Park, providing a newly renovated neighborhood park for over 2,000 residents who live within a 10-minute walk. Utilizing input from the community, the park now includes new amenities such as pickleball courts, bike service stations, neighborhood-inspired art, and expanded play and gathering spaces.

“After two years of working with South Lynnwood residents to design a park that meets local needs, the City of Lynnwood is excited to reopen the South Lynnwood Park,” said Deputy Parks Director Sarah Olson. “These renovations increase accessibility, add more fun for families, and provide expanded health opportunities.”

The renovations are the first updates the park has received since its development in 1978. South Lynnwood Park will serve the most diverse and economically-disadvantaged community in the City of Lynnwood, an area that has been historically underserved. Renovations to the four-acre park were made possible by community engagement, planning support, funding from Trust for Public Land, private funding from Kaiser Permanente, and grants from the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

“All people deserve quality, close-to-home access to the outdoors, within their communities,” said Sarneshea Evans of Trust for Public Land. “South Lynnwood Park is a perfect example of how parks can improve community health and protect the environment at the same time.”

“Kaiser Permanente believes good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and begins with healthy environments including accessible parks and safe playgrounds,” said Dr. Elisa Frost Granger, Associate Medical Director of Primary Care at the Kaiser Permanente Lynnwood Medical Center. “We’re honored to support South Lynnwood Park as an investment in keeping our community healthy.”

Based on community input, the park was designed as a space to help community members exercise, gather, and access greenspace that is critical for a healthy life. Improvements include better sightlines so parents can more easily track their children at play, better access for people with disabilities, and an improved picnic area and pond.

South Lynnwood Park is located at 20915 – 61st Avenue West, Lynnwood 98036.

A full list of new park features includes:

• Updated tennis courts with 4 pickleball courts

• Basketball court

• All-weather, urban-size, soccer field

• Picnic shelter

• Lawn drainage improvements

• ADA compliance with new parking access, pathways, restroom upgrades, and inclusive features

• Mural brought about by an artist-in-residency program partnership with a local school

• Expanded and renovated Playground

• Native plants

• Bike service station

Lynnwood Presented with VISION 2050 Award: The City of Lynnwood has won a VISION 2050 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council for its South Lynnwood Neighborhood Plan. The award recognizes innovative projects and programs that help ensure a sustainable future as the region grows.

The South Lynnwood Neighborhood Plan advances VISION 2050 through integrated housing, transportation, economic development, and open space goals and policies. The plan seeks to help South Lynnwood residents access opportunities through transit, preserve housing affordability, strengthen connections between the community and decision-makers, and support the business community.

Content Source: City of Lynnwood Press Release

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