New bike playground opens at White Center’s Dick Thurnau Memorial Park
A new bike playground opened at White Center’s Dick Thurnau Memorial Park the weekend, through a partnership between King County Parks and the Cascade Bicycle Club, and now bike riders of all ages now have a safe place to hone their skills.
Dedicated on Saturday (Oct. 1), the new playground features a small-scale, closed course streetscape, complete with realistic lane markings and signage. The first of its kind in Washington state, it teaches cyclists of all ages rules about bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety in a safe, comfortable setting.
The White Center Bike Playground was made possible through the King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant program, along with program planning and design support from Alta Planning + Design, the YES! Foundation, and the White Center Community Development Association (CDA).
“After more than a year in the making, we’re so excited to finally see this space come to life — and we owe it all to our amazing community partners for their tireless support,” said Cascade Executive Director Elizabeth Kiker. “King County Parks’ generosity in granting us this space and funding, along with the guidance of the YES! Foundation and White Center CDA, made for one of the most exciting and successful partnerships we’ve ever had.”
“The partnership between King County and Cascade Bicycle Club to create this unique park feature is a perfect example of how our grant program works best,” said King County Parks Director Kevin Brown.
In the coming year, Cascade will use the new playground to offer bicycle camps, field trips, community riding events and more. Also available are bikes and helmets for use in future Cascade and school partner programming.
About Cascade Bicycle Club
Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation’s largest statewide bicycle organization, is powered by over 17,000 members and serves bike riders of all ages and abilities throughout the Puget Sound region and across Washington state. With a mission to improve lives through bicycling, we deliver community and school-based education programs, grassroots organizing workshops, free group rides, world-class events and more. Our signature programs include events like the STP and RSVP; advocacy work like Connect Puget Sound; and education programs like Let’s Go, the Major Taylor Project and more. Learn more at cascade.org.
About King County Parks
King County Parks – Your Big Backyard – offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of open space, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 215 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.
Dick Thurnau Memorial Park was formerly known as Lakewood Park: