By Cindy Johnson
Kids are heading back to school, the leaves have started to turn and the air is a bit crisp early in the morning. Fall has arrived, and Redmond Parks & Recreation has something special just for you!
Fall hiking is one of the most spectacular experiences the Northwest has to offer. The colors are particularly vibrant, and you don’t have to go far for a trail perfect for your ability level.
The Watershed Preserve, located at 21760 NE Novelty Hill Road, has a plethora of great trails for hikers of all ages. Nike Park, located at 17207 NE 92 Street, and Hartman Park, 17300 NE 104 Street, are good options for folks who want a quick walk but need a destination close to Redmond’s downtown core. For a more detailed listing of great places to get out and take a stroll, watch for the new “Walk Redmond” guide that will be coming out in mid-September, and will feature a wide variety of trails in Redmond. “Walk Redmond” guides will be available at City buildings such as City Hall, Redmond Senior Center and the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center.
If you’re new to hiking, check out REI’s free Fall Hiking 101 clinic on Wednesday, September 9 from 7 to 8pm. You’ll learn the absolute essentials, including gear basics to great destinations. Pre-registration is required.
Want something a little more challenging than simply hiking? Head over to the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center (ORSCC) and pick up an Orienteering Guide for just $1 – what a deal – and then go to Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park to try your hand at the orienteering course located there. Never tried orienteering before? No problem! The handy Orienteering Guide will give you detailed instructions on how to proceed. This is a great activity to try with a group of friends or kids.
Speaking of heading out to the farm, Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park will be participating in the Harvest Celebration Farm Tour in King County for the 2nd year in a row. This free, family friendly event on Saturday, September 26 from 10am to 4:30pm highlights farms throughout King County. Redmond is proud to showcase Farrel-McWhirter again this year. Activities will include apple pressing, butter making, tractor pulled wagon rides, animal visits and much more. For a complete listing of farms, visit the Harvest Celebration website.
Ready to head indoors? Shine up your cowboy boots and mark your calendar for the 2nd Annual Harvest Hoedown at ORSCC on Friday, October 2 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This family dance will feature Ron the Dancin’ DJ and some great toe tappin’ music, dance lessons, western crafts & games and refreshments. Priced at just $10 per person, this is one night on the town you can’t afford to miss!
If you prefer a more artistic experience, while you’re at ORSCC check out the new Redmond Clay Studio. Create a lasting work of art, either for yourself or for a loved one as a holiday gift.
Regardless of whether you prefer quiet, contemplative trails, vigorous swing dancing or getting messy with clay, Redmond Parks & Recreation has something for everyone. Remember, it’s always a Great Day to Play!