8 Tips for Getting Organized Right Now

524973_3756303063568_1209282379_nLong strands of a spider’s web and colorful leaves scattered on the ground remind us that it’s October! Already? The Holidays are just around the corner, and we know some of you have it on your To Do list to de-clutter and organize before it’s too late. We asked Sherri Hanson, long-time resident and former business owner in Snohomish,who is currently a real estate agent giving seminars on this very thing, what we can do TODAY that will help eliminate the overwhelming task of organizing.

Sherri used to have an interior design company, Sherri Hansen Designs with Wicker and Wood in the Mark’s Building on First Street. She creates beautiful oil paintings in her spare time, and is currently a real estate agent with The Red Door Team at Keller Williams. Sherri’s team works primarily with seniors looking to downsize or who are transitioning into a retirement situation.

“When we give our seminars, we’re really trying to eliminate the overwhelm of de-cluttering and organizing, particularly with seniors who may be downsizing. But these tips work for anyone trying to get things in order at home,” said Sherri.

WHERE TO BEGIN

It’s important to set mini goals. Don’t just take all of your clothes out of the closet and think you are going to go through them all one by one. What may end up happening is that you get tired or called away and the clothes are still taking up residence, but now on your bed or a chair! Follow some of these tips to make the act or organizing attainable.

THE CLOSET AND LAUNDRY ROOM

One tip Sherri gives is to hang clothes that you may want to donate on the right side of your closet. That way after a few weeks, you can start to see what you’ve been wearing, and what’s hanging around on the right side. This works for dressers too. Set a date for donating clothes, and just simply go through the right side and say good-bye to all that clutter.

Another surprising tip that Sherri just started doing is to hang up EVERYTHING when it comes out of the dryer. We all know what happens to that pile of folded clothes intended for the dresser, particularly to families with small children. This tip might save you time and the hassle of  having to rewash clothes.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

The main one is, “Do I really need it?” Instead of making the art of organizing a BIG project, take different colored dot stickers and just stick them on items around your house with one of four colors: Red/Trash, Yellow/Maybe, Green/Keep, Blue/Donate. When you’ve approached a date for when you will sort all of these items, it will seem like you haven’t done any work at all.

ELIMINATE OVERWHELM

Want to feel successful organizing right away? Sherri says to begin with the room you use the least.That way you are able to take a minimal amount of time to clean things up, like in an extra bedroom.

WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE VALUABLES I’VE BEEN SAVING?

There are resources available and clever ideas to help hang on to the memories of those items, but maybe without the items themselves. Kari Townsend from The Quiet Lives Project, documents people’s valuables and creates a book for them. That way the memories are there, and the item can be enjoyed by somebody else.

Maybe your valuables are a little more expensive and you’d rather sell than donate. Art of Ebay will take your item, list it on ebay and give you a check when it sells. This is a great way to get the item out of your house so you can enjoy a de-cluttered home.

MINIMIZE INCOMING ITEMS

What would happen if you went through all of those bins and junk drawers in your house? You would probably find batteries and other essentials that are scattered about, but take too long to find when you’re in a hurry, so off you go to the store to replenish things you already have. We all have too much stuff, pick a day or even just 15 minutes to go through one drawer at a time. You  might be surprised at what you’ll find.

KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

Tell a friend what you are planning to do, that way it will be easier for you to get it done. The buddy system works great in the area of clothing and kitchens. Invite your friend over and go through things together. You and your friend may have just the thing the other one needs. Win/win.

HOLIDAY GATHERINGS

Eliminate  a little bit of the kitchen rush by planning your dishes in advance. Sherri used to own a catering company, Celebrate Catering, and this tip helped her at events. Put sticky notes on each platter with what will go on it. When your guests arrive and want to help you, they’ll be able to match the right food with the right dish.

There you have it! These ideas will help you get started today with a goal to get organized by Thanksgiving. If you want to attend one of Sherri’s seminars click here.

 

 

Unique Writing Workshop in Snohomish October 4

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Do you write for your business? Are you working on a blog or book? This unique writing workshop may just be the thing to hone those writing skills into razor sharp profits.

The City of Snohomish is collaborating with published authors and social media professionals to bring you a unique writing workshop to take your writing to the next level.

The 4-hour workshop features an Instagram Walk through Historic Downtown Snohomish, where you’ll discover elements that just might become your muse as you develop your writing style and voice.

Kate Lebo, poet and author, will guide us through the art of ‘backyard storytelling.’ You’ll learn how to use your surroundings, whether it’s a new product, recipe or image, to develop a story that captures the imagination of your reader. Imelda Dulcich from Imelda Dulcich PR & Social Media will show you how to develop relationships through social media after you’ve written your blog, book or press release.

Tammy Cannon from Cannon Social Media is coordinating the event, and Sublime Garden Design is our host for the day.

Midway through the workshop, attendees will go on the Instagram walk, visit shops and restaurants to find inspiring content, and break for lunch on their own. Attendees will reconvene and view a same-day Instagram Wall of photos from other participants during the walk, share their experiences and muses, talk about story ideas and share dessert (provided).

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At Home in Snohomish: Habitat Trends and Lifestyles

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The cool early morning breeze and fading floral remind us that Fall is upon us (this weekend!), and thoughts return to home and hearth. Soups and stews coupled with cozy blankets and candlelight mark the transition to a new season. It’s also time to reorganize, clean out and change around some elements of design in your home. We decided to do some research and bring you design trends in Snohomish for Autumn 2014. Here we go!

*Remember for more inspiration, go on the Historic Homes Tour of Snohomish this coming Sunday from 12-5PM!

Ruffles & Rust: Reclaimed Wood Table

Ruffles & Rust: Reclaimed Wood Table

WHAT’S OLD IS NEW

A key trend this season is mixing modern and vintage styles together to create a unique statement about your space. It’s a great opportunity to combine a favorite antique with modern accents.

PILLOWS, PILLOWS, PILLOWS

The more the merrier it seems as pillows become the center of attention with bold geometric shapes and pops of color. Texture plays a part showcasing the transition of the season with soft fur.

Ruffles & Rust: Large Patterned Pillows

Ruffles & Rust: Large Patterned Pillows

STATEMENT LIGHTING

Whether it’s electrified letters, or chandeliers in nickel and brass, lighting sets the mood for the home this fall. Warmth and glow remind us of family and friendship.

ORGANIC SHAPES

Our world has become glossy and square with cell phones and tablets. Introduce organic shapes found in nature to coffee tables and shelves, like a swirled leaf dish or curvy branches.

backtoschool2 006FROSTED GLASS

Etched glass is reminiscent of frost and changing temperatures. It also adds style and elegance to the family dinner.

GO LARGE

Scaled artwork, whether custom, vintage or new, is a popular design element this season. Mix it up with unusual media that fits your unique tastes.

Faded Elegance: Large scale wall art

Faded Elegance: Large scale wall art

INDUSTRIAL CHIC

This is our favorite design trend for the home. Zillow Digs tells us that this is the number one trend for the Master Bedroom. Tradition is replaced with reclaimed wood headboards, combined with warm neutrals and brass statement lighting. Rustic elegance combines all the elements of style above.

There you have it! Shop Snohomish for inspiration and to find those unique pieces that will keep your home fresh, warm and inviting. We want to thank the following businesses for contributing to this post!

HC Home – A combination of modern and vintage items and painting classes to get the look of distressed wood as seen in the slide show above.

Bramble – A new concept for Snohomish, offering new pieces with a variety of options for paint, stain, artwork, etc. With three locations on First Street, Second Street and Everett.

Ruffles and Rust Square – Always changing with new and used items, including new cookbooks and syrups, jams, jellies, honey and kitchenware. Get your Apronology, Mingle and other creative magazines for inspiration in your home.

Faded Elegance – Anniversary Sale Tonight at 5PM!!!! Find your accents and statement pieces here along with vintage elements for industrial glamour.

September Events in Snohomish

experiencefallHow did it get to be September already? I don’t know about you, but celebrating fall in Snohomish makes it ok to say goodbye to August. Some of the most popular events are coming up this month, and a quick check on the weather report says we’ll have a lot of sunshine in the coming days!

PUMPKIN HURL & MEDIEVAL FAIRE September 13 & 14

Flying pumpkins, fairies, gnomes and kilts kick off the season-long Festival of Pumpkins at the Pumpkin Hurl and Medieval Faire. Located at Alexander Farm. Get your medieval on click link above to find out more about this awesome 2-day event.

LAST SUNSETS IN SNOHOMISH! September 13

We love this event and can’t believe it’s the last one of the season! Grab some friends, your hubby or neighbor and come out for some wine, apps and shopping.

COMMUNITY HEALTH AND TRAVEL FESTIVAL September 20

The Snohomish Senior Center is hosting this event which features health seminars and vendors with topics such as acupuncture, estate planning and travel. Admission is free and there will be door prizes!

HISTORIC HOMES TOUR September 21

History buff? Snohomish has a lot of it and this tour of historic homes gives you an inside look at how our city was developed. For more information click on the link.

HOT ROD & CLASSIC CAR SHOW September 28

Get ready for an amazing day of hot rod and classic cars in Historic Downtown Snohomish. Can you guess how many cars you’ll see? How about 650!

 

 

The Banner Days Release Party: Beth Whitney and Bradford Loomis

The-Banner-Days-Cover-Web-470x414Have you ever asked a question and had the answer come back in an unexpected and ethereal way? That’s what happened when we talked with Beth Whitney and Bradford Loomis ahead of their upcoming album drop on August 23rd, The Banner Days. These Snohomish residents are part of a talented and artistic group who make up a large demographic right here in our riverside city.

Listening to Beth sing ‘Brother,’ one can’t help but be still and absorb the echoes of loss. In collaborating and writing songs together, Beth and Bradford have magnified their magic through these vibrations of soul.

LIVING IN SNOHOMISH

Beth grew up in Snohomish in a large family on a farm. Themes of simplicity and enjoying what’s right in front of you, namely each other, have origins from those experiences. For both Bradford and Beth, being part of  a community that supports and nurtures music has been a large part of their success.

THE BANNER DAYS: A HOPEFUL NEW CHAPTER

The Banner Days will be released on August 23rd at an as yet undisclosed location. The release of this album is a culmination of hard work and support from not only our local community but the Kickstarter community as well. Beth and Bradford put together a fun and informative Kickstarter video and raised money to create this album. In the video Bradford says this album is like a “Hopeful New Chapter.”

“This album is about a shift in focus. Living in the right now no matter the circumstances. Every person wades through a personalized concoction of suffering. We also have opportunities to experience genuine joy. In my experience, suffering is inevitable. Joy is more like a racing stallion- it’s hard to take the reins of her, but worth a shot,” said Beth.

ADVICE FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS PURSUING A CAREER IN MUSIC

Beth: “Figure out what you really want/need to say to this world. Start there and make sure you really believe in it.”

Bradford: “Be relentless. Pursue it with everything you are and everything you have. Don’t wait till you figure it out or until you’re ready. You will never feel that way. Just go. You will learn quicker and more by just doing it.”

404269-250AFTER-SET SNACK?

While they don’t have a go to after set snack, Beth loves crumpets and Nutella, and Bradford might like some Nachos! We think these are excellent choices.

MOST MEANINGFUL SONG ON THE ALBUM

Beth: “‘Brother’ is the most meaningful for me right now. It’s raw and honest.”

Bradford: “‘Wanted Man’ for me. It’s filled with fear, doubt, regret, self-consciousness and shame which are all very potent emotional nemesis for me. It’s been a struggle to learn how to push through, to trust and to have hope.”

WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE THE COMMUNITY OF SNOHOMISH TO KNOW?

Beth: “I am so grateful to this community for all their support. It’s humbling, inspiring, and has been truly instrumental for this project.”

Bradford: “This album, this project, and this collaboration have truly happened because of so many amazing people in this community. You are all helping us to have a wider reach, to get this album out there further and further. With every share and every reference, with every person you tell about The Banner Days, you are helping us in such an important way. We could not be more proud of this record. It is our absolute pleasure to share it with you and we really think you will like it. Thank you all!”

 

8 Reasons to Kick Off Taste of Music with Mustard Seed Band

TOM-website-logoJust as a smile, music is a universal expression of shared experience. It transcends culture and history, engages emotion and frames our memories. Toe-tapping, hand-clapping, yee-haws and woo-hoos need no translation at the sound of music. Music engages our minds more than any other form of human activity. It’s what makes life better. Join us for the Snohomish Annual Taste of Music Festival August 15-17! <~ Click for tickets and amazing line-up.

Kicking off the festival is Mustard Seed Band on stage beginning at 5PM. We caught up with lead singer, Suzie Chrysler to find out more about the band, and to give you the “8 Reasons to Kick Off Taste of Music with Mustard Seed Band.” *Scroll down for highlight video of songs.

26385961) WHAT IS THE MEANING BEHIND THE BAND’S NAME, MUSTARD SEED?

Mustard Seed is derived from the biblical reference where it says if you have the faith of a mustard seed that you can say to this mountain, move, and it will have to. A lot of folks believe that since the mustard seed is the tiniest of seeds that all you need is a tiny bit of faith. I maintain that although the mustard seed is tiny, it is mighty and determined. It WILL break through that concrete, bud and blossom into a beneficial food for your health that is also fun to eat. Have you ever thought of having a hotdog without mustard? Never! Mustard Seed as a band is mighty and determined. We will share our music and make your experience beneficial and fun. “Mustard Seed” along with the plant in our logo came as a vision to me about one year ago. It was right because it was right.

2) HOW LONG HAS THE BAND BEEN TOGETHER?

We have been together about 10 months. We added Sheri Roberts Greimes as keyboard and vocals in January. What an incredible blessing! Violet still guests with us from time to time. Dave Albert has been a dear friend to George and me and he joined us in April. Les Lee, also a dear friend, is subbing with us for the bass. We have all played music for decades.

3) HAS THE BAND EVER BEEN TO SNOHOMISH?

We all love going to Snohomish and are locals living close by (Everett & Redmond).

4) HOW IS IT THAT MUSTARD SEED BECAME PART OF THE TASTE OF MUSIC?

Performing at the Taste of Music is a big deal for us! Last November Tony Frederickson asked us to participate in “The Blues Invasion”, a Washington Blues Society benefit happening in 4 venues simultaneously over several hours with almost 30 bands. They had ballots to mark your favorite band. The most popular vote gets to play the Taste of Music. It was about the 3rd time we had ever played a gig. We won. I am still in unbelief! This is our first time performing at the Taste of Music. We are most looking forward to getting the party started for the festival and sharing our “Blues & Roll” with new folks. Let the Games begin!

5) WHAT IS A FAVORITE AFTER- SET SNACK FOR THE BAND?

Our after set snack varies from French Fries and gravy aka chips and gravy in Canada/UK (Suzie is Canadian), Club sammies, tacos, good ole burgers and pizza! Us hard working Blues & Rollers must gas up.

6) WHAT SONG IS  MOST MEANINGFUL TO THE BAND?

The one song that speaks the most to us is “Oso Blues”. Our blues community rallied together with benefit shows all over Puget Sound. I wrote, recorded, distributed CDs in 10 days with all of the proceeds to be given directly to the Oso Community Chapel. The song is about Oso survivors, for Oso survivors.

7) WHAT SONG IS YOUR FAVORITE ONE TO SING?

Favorite song to sing: One of our original songs is “So you Wanna Move in with me, Baby?” It comes with audience participated hand movements and is a true story. It is about a guy who has alluded to moving in with his girlfriend and she is wary about it. A funny song with a twist, my specialty.

8) WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR FANS, AND NEW LISTENERS TO KNOW?

We want our fans to know how incredibly grateful we are for each of them. They are more like friends than fans. People ask us when they can expect a CD. We are working with the designer of the CD cover now and hope to have something for you shortly and will soon be offering single songs through our website. Suzie has two older albums that will be available for sale soon: “Let Him” – Gospel,10 songs originally recorded 1983 and re-mastered recently. “…it’s time” – Pop, 11 songs originally recorded in 1997.

So get there early to start the party with Mustard Seed band and stay for the amazing line-up all weekend!

 

Farmer’s Market Cocktails and Restaurant News

Roger's Riverview BistroSnohomish has a reputation for beautiful farms, elegant gardens and talented people who bring all the bounty together at markets and restaurants. This week we are happy to announce a new restaurant in Snohomish, Roger’s Riverview Bistro, offering Farm-to-Table fare. We also came across some farmer’s market- inspired cocktails perfect for summer bar-b-ques at home. Let’s get started!

Roger’s Riverview Bistro opened last night to rave reviews and vibrant crowd. As the rain halted and clouds disappeared, the sun made a welcome appearance for opening night. Chef Roger has occupied the space left by previous restaurant, Brasato. Roger and wife Shannon, along with their family (5 kids!),  are serving our community with Farm-to-Table selections, lovely wines chosen by a Seattle-area Sommelier and a killer $5 Happy Hour menu from 4PM-6PM! Local partners include Bob’s Corn, Snoqualmie Ice Cream and Vista Clara Coffee. We’re making plans to eat this~> Roger’s Clams, Cast Iron Seared Steak and finishing with Nana’s Cheesecake. See more menu items and make reservations here!

 

In keeping with our Farm-to-Table theme, make your way to the Snohomish Farmer’s Market each Thursday throughout the season and serve up these market-inspired cocktails at your next bar-b-que. Cucumber, Mint, Lime and Sour Cherries make their way into these delicious summer concoctions, which makes them healthy too, right?

Photo Jul 20, 7 54 14 PMSOUR CHERRY SHANDY – Inspired by Eric Prum and Josh Williams of Mason Shaker

Serves 2

1 1/2 oz. Cointreau

1 1/2 oz. Lime Juice (freshly squeezed only!)

1 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup (1 part sugar: 1 part water and boil)

16 Cherries pitted

2 Lager Beers (you can purchase these at Blanc & Rouge)

Method

In a cocktail shaker, muddle cherries with simple syrup. Add Cointreau, lime juice and ice and shake away all your troubles! Strain over ice and add just a dash of lager. (You don’t need to use much) Enjoy!

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Serves 2

4 1/2 oz. Gin (Get yours at Skip Rock Distillers)

3 oz. Lime Juice

3 oz. Simple Syrup

6 Cucumber Slices

2 Sprigs of Mint

Method

In a cocktail shaker, muddle simply syrup with cucumber and mint. Add gin, lime juice and ice and shake, shake, shake! Double strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass and garnish with a cucumber. Repeat and enjoy!

Photo Jul 20, 6 31 07 PM10530887_550894888348629_4535605365995216962_nWell, we hope you are having the best summer and we hope we’ve made it better by sharing our Farm-to-Table insprations!

 

Keep Your Pet Healthy in Snohomish

Screenshot 2014-07-10 07.15.12We are officially in the “Dog Days of Summer,” which refers to the constellation ‘Canis Major’ or Large Dog. The Romans believed that Sirius, the brightest star in the constellation, was responsible for the hot weather during the summer months. To us it just means long, lazy summer days and lounging around (or wishing we could) like our pets.

*Do you have a “Pelfie” (Pet Selfie) of you and your pet enjoying these Dogs Days of Summer you’d like to share? Post it on our Facebook page here!

These hot summer months are a good reminder to make some adjustments in keeping your pet healthy and happy. Here are a few things you can do to make sure this summer is a fun one for your pet.

GIVE YOUR PET A CHECK-UP

Ideally, your pet should have a check-up every six months. Their needs change with the season, so consulting your veterinarian on diet and exercise is good to do now. Snohomish has many veterinarians to choose from if you don’t have one already.

DO ZUMBA WITH YOUR PET

Well, not exactly, but your animal still needs exercise. Just make sure there is plenty of water in sight, and if it’s really hot out, try to exercise in the shade. Wagging tails are good, wagging tongues are not. Water, water, water.

HAVE A DOGGIE KIT IN THE CAR

If you have a dog that likes to run errands with you, make sure you have a doggie care kit in your car for impromptu stops at our many parks or Centennial Trail. There should be treats, a leash, water, whistle, blanket, toys, etc. Make sure when you run errands you’re going to places where you can take your animal inside. Cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures in a matter of seconds.

KEEPING YOUR ANIMAL SAFE AT HOME

Cats and dogs love to take naps in the sunshine, and sometimes they don’t hear cars driving in or out of the driveway. Keep an eye on where they are so they’re safe from cars, bicycles, etc. Also, keep DIY projects like paint and stain out of reach of your curious pet. Nails, screws and other debris can wind up in paws.

EAT YOUR VEGGIES

Your garden veggies are good for your dog too. Carrots are a healthy snack for your dog, and keeps their eyes, teeth and coat shiny. A trip to the Snohomish Farmer’s Market with your pet is fun for the whole family. Just make sure to pick up an extra bundle of veggies for Fido!

*Photo courtesy of #DogsOfInstagram

July Events in Snohomish- Garden Tour, Kla-ha-ya Days

KHY_2014_LogoHave you been enjoying the start to the Summer season? We sure have! Between the kickoff of Sunsets in Snohomish and the Farmer’s Market, all there is left to do is look ahead to more fun activities. July will see one of our community’s favorite events, KlaHaYa Days and the Snohomish Garden Tour. *We also have an announcement if you scroll to the bottom!

KLA-HA-YA DAYS JULY 16 -JULY 20 2014 (Click link below for schedule)

This is one of the largest events our community holds, and spans all of Snohomish from Snohomish Station all the way down to Harvey Airfield. There will be NO shortage of activities for the whole family, so make sure you are checking the link often to make sure you don’t miss a single thing. Here are a few highlights:

CARNIVAL AT HARVEY AIRFIELD – FROGTASTIC KIDS FAIR AT SNOHOMISH STATION – GRAND PARADE ON FIRST STREET – MUSIC – BEER GARDEN – STREET VENDORS – SALMON BBQ AT HILL PARK – BED RACES *Click this link for a complete schedule of activities!

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SNOHOMISH GARDEN TOUR – JULY 27, 2014 NOON – 5PM Tickets $12

This year the Snohomish Garden Club presents the 30th Annual Garden Tour of eight outstanding local gardens. This self-guided tour has you meandering through lush pathways, and shaking hands with the green thumbs who nurture them. Some of the gardens on this year’s tour have never been seen before, so if you’re an avid gardener, or just appreciate the beauty of flora and fauna, this is a peaceful way immerse yourself in ideas and inspiration. Proceeds benefit Garden Club community activities such as grants and scholarships, in addition to contributing to the beautiful hanging baskets lining First Street downtown. *Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

ANNOUNCEMENT!

We now have a Facebook page where we post things we see and experience around all of Snohomish. We encourage you to post to this page as well, and make it a place to visit often. We’ll have sneak peeks into the posts we’re working on for you, and fun tidbits about the people and businesses that make up the community we love living in! http://www.facebook.com/experiencesnohomish

Snohomish Parks and Recreation

School’s almost out for Summer, which means it’s time for picnics, fishing and general kicking up of heels and sandals at the park. Snohomish has a zillion parks to choose from it seems. From “pocket parks” to parks filled with amenities, there will be no shortage of places to take the family for some fun in the sun. Here’s a short video of some of the parks we mention below! *Scroll down to see some exciting news about the future of our park projects.

CLAYTOWN KIDS PARK 329 Ave. I

This is a charming park west of Avenue D. It just received new play equipment last year, and is what the city calls a “pocket park.” It serves many neighborhoods and is an important part of the community.

CADY LANDING 40 Maple Avenue

If you follow Maple Avenue south, you’ll arrive at the boat launch and Cady Landing. This park is suitable for people waiting for fisherman, or accessing the Riverfront Trail which leads to all of Historic Downtown shops and eateries.

FERGUSON PARK 1330 Ferguson Park

With play equipment and access to another boat launch, Ferguson Park is located near Haggen and the Post Office. After running errands you can take the kids to explore and burn off some energy.

FISCHER POCKET PARK 1214 Madrona Dr.

This is another pocket park serving neighborhoods off 13th Street in Snohomish.

HILL PARK 1610 Park

This is a gorgeous park on Blackman’s Lake and has all park amenities including bathroom facilities, and covered picnic areas. It’s beautiful and peaceful and a great way to spend a sunny day.

KLA HA YA PARK 1117 First

This park can be accessed along the Riverfront Trail or from above on First Street. It has sprawling grass and picnic benches for picnics and watching life go by.

MORGANTOWN PARK 200 Long Street

This is a neat park serving neighborhoods east of Maple and is located between Short and Long Streets. A gravel parking lot outlines the parking areas in this neighborhood. Fields and play equipment make this a great spot for playing.

PILCHUCK PARK 169 Cypress

You’ve likely been to this park to watch sports, but during the summer it is a fun spot to meet friends and shoot hoops, picnic and enjoy all the beauty surrounding you. This park has full amenities as well.

SKATE PARK 400 Pine

Adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club, this skate park gets used by kids young and old. The things they can do on their skates and bicycles is amazing. Head on down and check out some of the tricks they do!

Photo Jun 05, 3 34 17 PMFUTURE PLANS

We spoke with Ann Stanton, project manager for parks and recreation in Snohomish, and the big news is the purchase of the Eastside Rail Corridor by Snohomish County. We wrote about this project in a post here, and are excited at the prospects of an “excursion rail” or Dinner Train, and a commuter rail that will put residents who live in Snohomish at their job site in say, Woodinville.

The city purchased another parcel of land, which you can read more about here, which will include an off-leash dog park and walking trails to serve the planned 200 homes that are projected to be built over the next few years.

This city is also planning to close on a purchase of land from the Stocker family along Lincoln Street, a popular place for drop-in fishing and parking for the many soccer competitions that compete here. Plans for this 20-acre parcel are mostly conservation, with the land being used much the same as it is used now, with hopes to extend the Riverfront Trail to Lincoln Street, and onward toward Monroe.

Ann put it best, Snohomish is developing as a place for an “urban lifestyle  in the country.” But with all of these recent changes and future developments, the city wonders if there is an area of parks and recreation that we are not meeting. Participate in the poll below and let us know what more we can do!