Lake Sammamish State Park’s new $1.1 million playground is ready for its debut.
Community members are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the all-accessible playground located steps away from Sunset Beach at 11 a.m. Oct. 15.
The first 50 children ages 4-10 will receive commemorative scissors to mark the occasion and help cut the ribbon.
The all-accessible playground will include a zip line, a climbing net, outdoor chimes, educational panels, swings and slides. The playground’s target age-range is 2-12.
A 9-foot blue heron sculpture that acts as a water feature is the playground’s marquee installation. One slice of the walkway surrounding the playground is adorned with mosaic-like glasswork that resembles a splash of water flowing from one side to the other.
The glasswork was done all by hand, said Bob Droll, the project’s landscape architect. The special slab of concrete earned the extra adornment since it will be the site of the sculpture.
When someone pushes a button located on the ground in front of the sculpture, the big bird will spray people with water.
“That’s the extremely whimsical part of it,” Friends of Lake Sammamish Executive Director Janet Farness said. “We see the birds here a lot, they have a rookery here, and as kids walk by, it’s going to be great to have a 9-foot bird greet them.”
The playground came to life through the work of the nonprofit Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, many local donors and volunteers, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.
Donors will be recognized on a ceremonial boulder listing all who gave $1,000 or more to the project.
Lake Sammamish State Park is at 2000 NW Sammamish Road. A Discover Pass is required to access the park.