S-W’s Riverfront Park reopens with new playground

Sterling Berg, 10, climbs aboard the new zipline at Sedro-Woolley's Riverfront Park while his sister Zinnia (left) waits her turn on Tuesday, March 3. Much of the playground equipment has been replaced, or like the merry-go-round, refurbished for the playground. Brandy Shreve / Skagit Valley Herald

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Families are taking advantage of the unusually dry weather this spring and now have a renovated park where the children can play.

The city’s prized Riverfront Park is now open with new playground equipment.

“People are happy about the upgrade. It was definitely needed,” said city Public Works Operations Supervisor Nathan Salseina, who grew up in the area. “I remember playing on that stuff when I was a kid when it was new. It was over 30 years old.”

He remembers spending time as a child climbing the wood structures and aiming for new heights on the old swings.

Now, the playground is equipped with safer, plastic versions. At least for the most part.

The city decided to maintain the park’s iconic and popular merry-go-round, Salseina said. The equipment boasts something entirely new, as well: the city’s first zipline.

City Councilman Brett Sandstrom said prior to the renovations he often took his sons Arlis, 6, and Ogden, 3, to the park.

He took Ogden to the park to try the zipline this week. The new addition gets a big thumbs up.

“He (Ogden) loves it,” Sandstrom said. “If he could do it all day, he would.”

The park was closed for construction Nov. 17 and was originally expected to reopen Feb. 15. The work fell behind after flooding around Thanksgiving, Salseina said.

The city paid $25,191.18 for the new playground equipment, purchased from GameTime in Everett.

Last summer, Bingham Park — between the Cook Road-Highway 20 interchange — was upgraded as the city’s new roundabouts were completed. Salseina said it has become quite popular since then.

“Its usage has gone way up,” he said.

He’s expecting a similar response at Riverfront Park.

“Its a cool spot. It’s a new park, and it’s pretty exciting,” Sandstrom said.

— Reporter Kimberly Cauvel: 360-416-2199, kcauvel@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kimberly_SVH, Facebook.com/bykimberlycauvel

Load comments