The newest jewel in the Pierce County Parks and Recreation system opened in June of 2010. The original 36 acres has now grown to 80 acres, which was part of a phase II dedication that took place in June of 2015. The park now includes a children’s playground, two restroom facilities, 1.2 miles of perimeter and interior walking paths, amphitheater, and parking areas. This day-use park is a great stop on your way to Mount Rainier or to visit for the day.
The park is part of a community effort, 30 years in the making. What began as a wish by Ashford residents for a safe place to walk and play with their children, has become a centerpiece for the greater Ashford community.
This particular property has had many uses over the past 100 years including use by the Auburn Coal and Coke Company and Champion International Paper. Ultimately, Champion Paper was approached about donating 29 acres. With that original donation, Pierce County Parks and Recreation was an approach to take stewardship of the property. The additional 51 acres came by way of many entities, including local citizens, the state, county, and tribal.
The amphitheater at the park was designed with the vision to hold various cultural activities such as concerts, festivals, movies, and much more.
During the past century, this property served area citizens by providing coal and timber. Now it’s providing another much-needed service to people – access to nature and a safe place to have leisure opportunities.
For more information about Ashford County Park, activities, and rental information go to www.piercecountywa.org/parks
Phone: (253) 841-8515 for rental information
Address: 29801 SR 706, Ashford WA 98304
Website: Pierce County Parks