Celebrate Parks & Rec Month in Skagit County
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
It’s Park and Recreation Month - the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all that Skagit County has to offer! We have endless hiking trails, the gorgeous Puget Sound, fishing, mountain biking, and incredible parks and recreation facilities that make it easy to enjoy it all. EDASC encourages residents to get outside, enjoy our parks and rec, and invite friends and family to join in the outdoor fun.
Why we Celebrate Parks & Rec Month
EDASC understands the importance of parks and recreation in our community. Recreation offerings provide a high quality life for local residents, and also serve as a talent attraction driver for workers looking for a place to live.
Parks and recreation can also serve as an economic driver. When people visit our community to play at a park, participate in a tournament or use our recreation facilities, they often spend money at local restaurants, on gas and even shopping.
This benefits local businesses and creates jobs in Skagit County. For example, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival draws approximately 400,000 people each year, injecting $65 million into the economy. While this is certainly one of our largest events, all of Skagit County’s events and park activities have the opportunity to positively impact our economy.
Skagit County residents & businesses can help promote parks & recreation opportunities
Share posts about our parks and rec on social media. Invite friends to visit, leave positive reviews on Facebook and Google and become an ambassador for our community. Here are a five parks and recreation spots, presented in no particular order, you can visit and talk about on social media.
#1 Go Fishing & Rafting at Howard Miller Steelhead Park
Howard Miller Steelhead Park offers access to the beautiful and wild Skagit River. Fish, go river rafting, biking, hiking and horseback riding to enjoy all the park has to offer. The park has tent and RV camping, a boat launch, shower and restroom facilities along with a clubhouse and picnic shelters. Click here for more information and to reserve a spot.
#2 Hike the John Tursi Trail
The John Tursi Trail takes hikers through South Fidalgo Island, traversing meadows, rocky balds, a red rock quarry, and a miner’s shack while offering views of Pass Lake, Campbell Lake and Mount Erie.
#3 Play and swim at Clear Lake Beach
Clear Lake Beach is the perfect spot for families looking to spend a leisurely day on the water. Kids enjoy the modern play equipment, complete with a rockwall for climbing, along with a swimming beach and waterslides. Ideal for enjoying a picnic or cooling off in the summer, Clear Lake Beach is popular throughout the year.
#4 Join a parks & rec league
The Skagit County Parks & Recreation Department creates year-round opportunities for residents to participate in sports leagues. From adult basketball to youth volleyball, local residents compete and enjoy the camaraderie that comes from being part of a team. Click here to register.
#5 Take in the views on a Padilla Bay Shore Trail Walk