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Richmond Beach Community Park Peek

Apr 12, 2019 12:00PM ● By Rachel Belfield
As a resident of the east side of Shoreline, I’m less familiar with the west side of our city. And when I was looking at this summer’s recreation guide, a park I’d never heard of caught my eye: 

So one sunny spring afternoon, I crossed the ‘Line over to Richmond Beach, and, boy, am I thankful I did!

I had no idea there was this local gem of a park sitting right here, perched on the edge of a hill, offering stunning west-facing views of the water and the Olympic Mountains. The park’s playground has enough equipment to accommodate a dozen or more children, and a paved path offers ample opportunity for walkers, runners, and riders to enjoy the loop around the park. One corner is a bit bumpy with some tree roots pushing up the pavement, but it’s avoidable by cutting into the grassy field just a bit. It took me just under five minutes to walk the perimeter of the park, with my phone telling me it’s roughly a quarter mile around (see the walkthrough video added on our Facebook page post.

Additionally, a set of stairs off one corner of the park would add a nice leg and cardio workout to a park visit, and two tennis courts across the street add another playtime exercise option.

Here’s what else I found:

  • The park does have one port-a-potty that was clean enough to use in a pinch, but since this park is essentially the backyard of the Richmond Beach Library, their bathrooms would be available when they’re open. If you’re visiting outside of library hours, be prepared with some hand sanitizer or wipes for post-potty cleanup.
  • A large grassy field would be ideal for a child learning to ride a bike without training wheels; for a crawling or newly walking baby to explore safely; or to fly a kite, throw a frisbee, or play catch in an open area.
  • A few picnic tables and several benches offer abundant seating to take a rest or have a snack.
  • The library parking lot and three surrounding streets offer ample parking on your average day, but I imagine the surrounding neighborhood’s streets will get quite full when this park hosts events this summer:
Richmond Beach Strawberry Festival - start May 11 2019 1130AM

Richmond Beach Strawberry Festival

Richmond Beach Community Association hosts its 19th annual Strawberry Festival at the Richmond Beach Community Park on Saturday, May 11, noon to 5:00 p.m.The festival will feature music b... Read More » 

 

Shakespeare in the Park Romeo and Juliet - start Jul 24 2019 0630PM

Shakespeare in the Park: Romeo and Juliet

More details to come. Save the date! Read More » 

 

The Jammin on Jupiter Show Summer Reading series - start Jul 29 2019 0700PM

The Jammin’ on Jupiter Show

Held at Richmond Beach Community Park, adjacent to the library. Family program, all ages welcome. Presented by The Brian Waite Band. Sing, dance, and laugh with the band as they blast off... Read More » 

 


I plan to head back with my kids and bikes in tow, and I think I’ll bring a wrench to take off training wheels for the large, flat grassy expanse that just might entice reluctant riders to give it a go on two wheels this year.

Are you a Richmond Beach Community Park regular? What else should we know? Leave your comments here!

Have you peeked into Richmond Beach Community Park? What did you find?