Exploring our parks: Eagle Scout Park in Lake Forest Park

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
By Mary Jo Heller

A word about the parks of Lake Forest Park and Shoreline: this is not an attempt at history, really. That you can find that on either city’s website. It is just a look at what is in a park, and why you would want to go. Parks are a major part of being a city and should be used. First you have to know they’re there.

Eagle Scout Park is the very definition of a "pocket park." You could cover the entire park in six great strides. 

It is on the corner of 178th and 180th NE, across from Pfingst Animal Acres, set up for a morning workout perhaps? There are several signs about fitness and heart health, and some set ups include exercise bars, chin-up poles, and balance beams. 

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
There is a picnic table, but the birds and age have overtaken it. One bench exists so you can watch someone else get exercise! 

The park is small, so there really is no place to run within it. You will need to run from somewhere else in the city, or start at the park with a workout, then run. 

This is true also if you arrive by car - there is a pull-off area for maybe two cars in front of the mailboxes, but no designed parking. You could park at Pfingst Animal Acres across the road with its 10 parking spaces. If you run through this park, then through Animal Acres, you won't cover even a mile. And like Animal Acres across from it, you will need to find a bathroom somewhere else.

Photo by Mary Jo Heller
The Eagle Scouts developed this park as a project, and you can find out more information about Boy Scout Trooop 348 here.

Eagle Scout Park is also a waymarking site, and more information on that is here.


Anonymous,  June 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM  

So, what Mary Jo. A critique of Parks? So you're criticizing the Eagle Scouts who made it?

DKH June 28, 2011 at 9:01 AM  

Where do you see that? I asked her to go to the parks and talk about them from a user's point of view. I suggested that she start with parks she had never been to, so she would really be looking at them with fresh eyes. And yes I suppose I was asking for a critique of all parks in a sense. What is it like to be there, what can you do in the park, what are the advantages, what are the disadvantages? Every parks department does this, usually with lists. We're doing it in a story. We love parks, we love scouting, and we're glad that weedy corner became a scout project.
Diane, Editor

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