By Doug Nelson
Community Center Manager
With the City of Federal Way’s Parks Appreciation Day right around the corner, and the hope that spring-like weather will be here soon, let’s take a few minutes to appreciate some of the natural wonders we have in our community.
Mt. Rainier is a favorite spectacle for many, and especially for those of us that reside in Federal Way. You can call me biased, but some of my favorite views of Mt. Rainier come from vantage points in Federal Way Parks. Visit any of these gems for the health and recreational benefits and, as an added bonus, enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier: Celebration Park Baseball/Softball Complex, Town Square Park, the lawn in front of the Performing Arts & Event Center, and various points along the BPA Trail… my favorite being the awesome view from the pedestrian cross-walk at First Way South. – Don’t stay and linger too long! J
A tour of the grounds at Dumas Bay Centre combined with a clear day will give visitors one of my favorite views of all time – the Olympic Mountain Range. This beautiful mountain view sits atop Puget Sound as if it were a hologram. Dumas Bay is the City’s only passive-use park, and a great place for bird watching or picnicking. If you are up for added adventure, drive 1.5 miles south on SW Dash Point Road for access to the Dumas Bay Sanctuary. Great scenery awaits in the forested trails and at Dumas Bay Beach.
The walking trails at West Hylebos Wetlands Park give visitors access to 120 acres of wetland, wildlife, and wonder. The peaceful setting is both beautiful and serene, and a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This “hidden gem” of Federal Way offers free parking, restrooms and a picnic site.