By Nisqually Valley News —
Yelm City Park is the area’s most popular destination, located at state Route 507 and Mosman Avenue in the center of town. Owned and operated by the city, the property — which is about one city block in size — was donated by Chuck and Wilma Demich in 1950.
Various special events are held at Yelm City Park, including Prairie Days, Octoberfest, Christmas in the Park, and Yelm Lions Easter Egg Hunt and Car Show. While hosting events that can involve a carnival (Prairie Days), the park offers a kitchen, covered facilities, picnic tables, a playground area, softball backstop and public restrooms, although park renovations are underway and many of those amenities will not be available until the summer of 2015.
A skatepark was located there for about 20 years, but a new one is set to be built at the city’s old public works yard adjacent to the park.
Longmire Community Park
And for the sports enthusiasts out there, look no further than Longmire Community Park, located on the outskirts of town at 16820 Canal Road SE. Longmire Park is Yelm’s sports complex, providing three baseball fields, a football/soccer field, volleyball court and walking trails. Tournaments throughout the year bring hundreds, if not thousands of ballplayers, along with their families and friends. Oh, playground equipment is also available such as swings, staircase and a bridge that connects to two roofed hideouts.
It is open 8 a.m. to dusk year-round. Come for the athletics, but stay for the park’s pristine view of Mount Rainier when Mother Nature cooperates.
Cochrane Memorial Park
Cochrane Memorial Park is not as visible, but the off-the-beaten-path gem is beautiful and loaded with things to do. Cochrane Memorial includes a multi-acre expanse of waterfalls, ponds and tree-lined paths.
The park, located at 750 Mill Road SE, is part of a functioning water treatment system. Here’s how it works: “All the water in the park is reclaimed water that is infiltrated back into the ground to recharge the aquifer,” according to the City of Yelm website, www.ci.yelm.wa.us.
More so, the park provides a pristine spot for some rest, relaxation and recreation. Amenities include a covered picnic area, children’s play area, and, of course, restrooms. It is available for reservation to hold a special event.