Never mind those pricey (but fun) concerts; you can enjoy Marymoor Park for free this summer. Warning: If you drive you’ll have to pay the $1 parking fee, but that’s totally worth these activities!
1) Outdoor Climbing Wall
Grab your gear and head out to the Marymoor outdoor climbing wall. The wall stands at around 30 feet tall and is packed full of bouldering problems and sport climbing routes. For a beginner climber or someone who is looking to improve their lead climbing techniques, this is a great place to practice as there are many 5.6-5.8 routes. The routes are short and consistent plus the bolts are easy to clip thanks to good placement. This is a great way to make the transition from gym climbing to outdoor climbing. Currently, there are more than 35 full routes and a seemingly endless amount of boulder problems. If you don’t have the weather or the time to head out to Index or Exit 38, the Marymoor climbing wall is a great place to spend your afternoon this summer.
Tip: Climb during one of the Marymoor Concerts for some live background music.
2) Pianos in the Parks
Pianos in the Parks is back again! Until August 17, 22 pianos are ready to be played in parks and open spaces throughout King County. The pianos have been donated and tuned by Classic Pianos and decorated (painted, bedazzled etc.) by talented artists, faculty and friends at the Gage Academy of Art. King County Parks is a proud partner and is hosting pianos at Marymoor Park, Steve Cox Memorial Park and on the Sammamish River Trail. The piano at Marymoor is located between the play area and soccer field #4. Check out a video of the piano in action and vote for your favorite performances.
Tip: Submit a video of your musical endeavors for a chance to perform at the KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural on August 21, 2015
3) Nature Walk
The Audubon BirdLoop is a pleasant boardwalk stroll throughout the natural area in Marymoor Park. On average, 50 different bird species can be seen during the walk. During the summer, many species such as Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Barn Owl, and Rufous Hummingbird make Marymoor Park their home. The trail follows the river, meanders through rich marsh and continues into a large grassy meadow. Visitors are encouraged to check out the five interpretive artwork signs placed throughout the park (pictured above). Bikes are not allowed on these trails and dogs must be on leash. For more information check out the Eastside Audubon Society.
Tip: Walk in the morning to see more species.