North Rose Hill's Woodlands Park (located at 9930 124th Ave NE) will peak your curiosity when you drive down this popular thorough-fare. It's a fenced in castle fortress equipped with bouncy bridges, a tire swing, creative painting, and a life-size chess set with plenty of open area for romping around. Check out the pics.
But how do you get to it? There's no parking along 124th, no lot, and you certainly don't want to be crossing 124th with small children anxious to escape you. What a tease! All five of us loaded in the car to experience this park and had to circle the whole block before figuring out how to actually get there. All while listening to the chorus in the back seat, "Mommy is that the park? Where did it go? Why are we going this way? Are we still going to the park? P-L-E-A-A-A-S-E can we go to the park?" For three year olds this must be the equivalent of seeing an ice cream sundae and having no spoon---so close, yet so far!
Anyway, once we finally figured out that the best we could do is park on NE 95th in front of some homes and walk down the little nature trail, all was good in the world again. This park was creatively designed by ideas that came from children who voiced what they would like to see in their neighborhood park. And the intent was for it to be a community gathering place for the North Rose Hill residents, so therefore, maybe lots of those folks are just walking over. They probably opted for no parking to keep people like the Rabuchins from busting in on their park. After all, they volunteered, funded and helped build the whole thing!
The structure is nicely put together with a Trex-like material and has lots of different alcoves and tunnels and varying challenges for a young child's imagination to explore. The painting is fabulous- check out the dragon to the right here. There's even a section for smaller tots to tinker around in (with the exception of baby swings). There's no bathroom, although the Kirkland Parks website says you can use the one at the adjacent Fire Station 26, which would still be a hike if you have a 2 year old that doesn't give you that much warning time. The same site says you can park there too. That would have been good to know at the time. Definitely worth checking out- great play area. Just bring your walking shoes and pee before you leave the house. ~Janis