Mom, Dad, there's nothing to do today! How many times have we heard that line? Those days have passed for me as all of my three "kids" are adults. But in summers long past, I heard the line all summer long. When we live in a community for many years, we begin to take some of our amenities for granted. The truth is we have an amazing collection of outlets for our children.
Just within the city we have an endless collection of parks available... 24 as I count them. From the well-known City Park or Yost Park (and pool), to our Waterfront Parks (including the Beach Ranger Program), to our many neighborhood parks such as Wilcox, Mathay-Ballinger, Maplewood and Seaview, there is endless opportunity for play and picnics. Last year at Mathay-Ballinger Park new play equipment was installed. Last week we cut the ribbon on new play equipment at City Park and next year, we will add a spray pad there as well.
Still nothing to do… head to the Frances Anderson Center to see the amazing number of programs you can sign-up for through our Parks and Recreation Department. Or check out the Boys and Girls Club for their great line-up of programs. How about a summer festival? A Taste of Edmonds is on its way, the weekly Summer Market is in full swing and the Sunday “Concert in the Park” series kicked-off this past weekend. If you’re still looking for something to do, try the Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites, enter the annual Sand-Sculpting contest, or sign-up for one of the fantastic Summer Camps offered at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Nothing to do? Hardly!!
And let's not forget the need for an occasional treat! Edmonds can offer up ice cream, gelato or yogurt treats! Try some of our fast food restaurants on Highway 99 or SR 104, and don’t forget about the many fun restaurants in downtown, Westgate or 5 Corners.
Summer can and should be fun for our kids. Don't let them complain for long, because Edmonds has plenty for all you moms and dads to offer up to keep your kids thinking, active and happy all summer long!