2013: Yelm City Parks

DR-130524-10Yelm, perhaps best known for its Mount Rainier vistas, has several parks that are worth a side trip.

The most visible of the parks is Yelm City Park located at State Route 507 and Mosman Avenue in the heart of the city. Owned and operated by the city, the property was donated by Chuck and Wilma Demich, in 1950. It is approximately one city block in size.

Special events of all kinds are held at the City Park, such as Prairie Days, Octoberfest, Christmas in the Park, Yelm Lions Easter Egg Hunt and Car Show. The park provides kitchen and covered facilities, a playground area, skateboard park, picnic tables, public restrooms and a softball backstop.

Cochrane Memorial Park, hidden right off State Highway 507 in Yelm is a nature-packed treasure that serves both in beauty and functionality.

The park is a multi-acre expanse of ponds, waterfalls and shady, tree-lined paths.

The park, located on Mill Road just a few blocks from busy Highway 507, is actually part of a functioning water treatment system.

On sunny days, you can find residents strolling through the trails, children fishing off a small dock and blackbirds warbling among the reeds.

It is a great park to come visit for a lunchtime picnic or even to have a BBQ.

Sports enthusiasts may not know Yelm has a little gem on the outskirts of town.

Longmire Park is a recreational facility that offers multiple ball fields, perfect for outdoor recreation. It offers three baseball fields, a soccer/football field, volleyball court and several walking trails.

Baseball fields may be reserved by calling 360-458-3244. Playground equipment includes swings, a bridge connecting to two roofed hideouts and a staircase.

The city also opened new facilities at the park, a concession stand and bathroom facilities. Tournaments throughout the season bring thousands of ball players and their families.

Longmire Park is located at 16820 Canal Road S.E., Yelm, between Grove Road and Railway Avenue. It is open 8 a.m. to dusk year-round.

Aside from the recreational aspects and park rules, Longmire offers a beautiful view of Mount Rainier when the skies are clear and the sun is shining.

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