Events & Activities
To see Parks specific, or City events select the relevant tab below. Visit Everett also maintains a resource of festivals and events happening in the community.
Below are a handful of activities available through the Parks Department as well as other City Departments. To learn more about the various activities available through City of Everett Departments click on the tabs below.
- Expedition Everett
- Jetty Island Days
- Nature Walk Playlist
- Book Walks
- Bike Tours
- Golf Courses
Johnston-Kelley Park, located at 46th St SW & Basswood Dr, was developed in 1993 when a 5th grade teacher at View Ridge Elementary wanted to teach her class about biodiversity. A developer built a road and a pond to catch water runoff. Now, the park features Rocky Waters, a centrally located creek bed and Marshtopia, a mitigation pond, each named by the students. Over the years, new 5th graders have added paths and an amphitheater. A Boy Scout built a bridge over the park's creek to earn his Eagle Scout Award. The park has become an outdoor classroom where students perform plays and carry out lessons.
Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens
You'll find treasures around every corner at the Evergreen Arboretum And Gardens, located at Legion Park,145 Alverson Blvd. For example, this piece of art is part of the Everett Municipal Art Collection - Roundness of the Horizon by Katzutaka Uchida. The arboretum is a wonderful place to get away, wander and find some inner peace.
Hannabrook Park is a great spot for a relaxed adventure with you and your household. This quiet park is tucked away at the bottom of the hill in the Hannabrook Neighborhood, at 5815 Brookridge Blvd. Perfect for some fresh air and a stroll on the trail. Recently exercise equipment has been added around the trail so there are more ways to get healthy at the park.
Rucker Hill Park
Rucker Hill Park, located at 621 Laurel Dr., is perfect for some fresh air and quality playtime with the family. This small park was adopted by the neighborhood and is a great place to toss a Frisbee, play some catch, or just sit and take in the view.
South Everett Forest Preserve
The South Everett Forest Preserve - located at 1017 109th St SE - is a 15-acre pocket of forested wilderness in south Everett. There's no better plan to find some pre-holiday tranquility. A 1,600-foot trail has been built in the southernmost 3.5 acre portion of the site and includes 500 feet of ADA accessible trail surfacing so you can wander to your heart's content.
Thornton A. Sullivan Park (Silver Lake)
Thornton A. Sullivan Park (Silver Lake) is located 11405 W Silver Lake Rd. Not only is there a beautiful lake and awesome playground, but there are also treasures around every corner. This piece of art, “Heart of Stone” by Reg Akright, is part of the Everett Municipal Art Collection. Walk the trails, stroll the beach and discover!
Drew Nielsen Park
Drew Nielsen Neighborhood Park is located at 13th & Colby Ave. You'll love relaxing under the gazebo or vine-covered pergola while watching your kiddos enjoying the playground in this friendly neighborhood park.
Wiggums Hollow Park
Located at 2808 10th St this beautiful, 40-year-old park includes a play area with rooflines reflecting those from countries around the world, a labyrinth and lots of open green space. It has a little something for everyone including the Wiggums Hollow skate park that opened in June 2008.
Garfield Park, at 2300 Walnut St., is located in the heart of the Riverside Neighborhood with 5.6 acres to play and explore. It also features this artwork which is one of four panels created by artist Daniel Cautrell in 2007. These fabricated laser-cut metal panels were a collaboration between the artist and students from North Middle School, Garfield Elementary and Sno-Isle Tech Skill Center! There are four sets of two panels - one set at each corner of park. Go explore and discover them all to see which panel is your favorite.
Senator Henry M. Jackson Park
Located at 1700 State St., Senator Henry M. Jackson Park spans 14 acres and has HUGE open spaces to fly kites, play frisbee or pick up an impromptu neighborhood kick ball game. The park also has interpretive exhibits highlighting outdoor recreation, the environment and the legacy of Everettite and U.S. senator, Henry M. Jackson.
Loganberry Lane Park
This expedition takes our furry friends for an off-leash adventure at 9201 18th Ave W. Loganberry Lane is one of the designated dog off-leash areas in Everett parks. Bring your pup with you to all of them and see if they have a favorite! Pro tips: Use City of Everett off-leash areas at your own risk. Users agree that the City of Everett is not liable for any harm caused by users or their animals. Dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs, as defined by Everett Municipal Code 6.08.010, are prohibited from all Everett Parks off-leash areas. Responsible dog owners like you make sure their dogs have up-to-date vaccinations.
Forest Park Orienteering Course
Jetty Island Days
Each year from July 5th until the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, a ferry is available through a partnership between the City of Everett, Snohomish County, and the Port of Everett.
If you're ready to purchase your ferry tickets go to the Jetty Reservations site.
Nature Walk Playlist
Bring your smartphone and headphones with you to enjoy some of the nature walks playlist narrated by your very own Park Rangers.
Native berries found in Everett parks
Springboard cuts & logging
Take a book walk through the park, enjoy reading outside with your family!
This outdoor family activity is a collaboration between the Everett Public Library and Everett Parks with funding from the Friends of the Everett Public Library.
To see which parks have book walks currently up please visit the Everett Public Library Book Walks page.
The City of Everett has a collection of guided bike tours available for reference. These tours include photos, maps, and even difficulty level of the path. To see some of the tours available, including those traveling from park to park, visit the City of Everett bike route tours page.
For more information about bicycling in Everett including the bicycle friendly driver program, and how Everett is performing as a bicycle friendly community, visit the Bicycling page.
To book a tee time at Legion Memorial Golf Course or the Walter Hall Golf Course visit the Everett Golf website.
Additionally on their webpage you can find information regarding rates, deals, the frequent players program and the First Tee Jr. Golf Program.
Annually, in early fall, the City offers a process to provide an avenue that could result in partnerships that will increase recreation opportunities for the public, repurpose or recondition park assets for community use, and generate revenue for the City of Everett Parks & Facilities department. Opportunities are posted on the procurement EPIC website. To be notified for upcoming opportunities complete the General RFP for Parks Partnership Interest Form.
To learn more about individual organizations that are current partners with the City please select their section/logo below.
Low-cost swim lessons for income-eligible residents
The Everett Parks Department will be allocating previously donated scholarship funds for income-eligible Everett residents towards swim lessons at the Everett YMCA.
30-minute group lessons will be $48 off and 45-minute group lessons will be $72 off. If eligible residents prefer private lessons, they will receive $18 off a single lesson or $72 off a four-lesson package. Income eligible individuals and families will also benefit from the YMCA’s “Access For All” program, which offers up to an additional 35% off (depending on household income level).
To learn more and sign up for swim lessons, visit the Everett Family YMCA's website.
Everett residents can swim at the YMCA pool
With an exciting partnership between Everett Parks and the Everett Family YMCA, Everett city residents may use the new Everett YMCA pool — no membership required.
Everett residents can purchase a reduced-price resident day pass at the YMCA:
- Youth (0-18) $4.50
- Adults (19-64) $5.50
- Seniors (65+) $4.50
- Families (two adults and all dependent children) $16
Credit/debit cards preferred, but cash is okay.
Visit the Everett Family YMCA’s website for the current swim schedule.
Before you go to the Everett YMCA:
Drop in ahead of time to take care of business for speedier entry to the pool. Stop by the Everett YMCA to get a background check and verify residency in advance for speedy entry.
All YMCA visitors (and members) over 16 must show valid ID to enter, and adults (18+) must pass a background check. Residency is defined as living in zip codes 98201, 98203, 98204, 98205, 98206, 98207, 98208 and 98213. Proof of residency is required via a valid Washington State ID, utility bill or tax document.
Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW) is headquartered in Everett Washington. They operate several service locations across north Puget Sound. VOAWW currently oversees the daily operations of the Carl Gipson Center.
Carl Gipson Center is a membership-based community serving adults 50+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, underserved communities, immigrants, youth and families.