Itani Park

I did not have much time this morning, but I wanted to let the boys run wild a bit, so we tried the Itani Park.

Itani Park, with water tower in the background

Itani Park, with water tower in the background

Some fall foliage in the park.

Some fall foliage in the park.

This linear park was donated to the City of Pullman by developers Rafik and Mary Sue Itani.  It is essentially a small wetland surrounded by houses, some of which are still being constructed.

The dirt path

The dirt path

There is not a lot to Itani Park.  There are no paved or well marked paths, but there is a dirt footpath that cuts from the Crestview parking area to Finch Way.  At Finch Way there is a small paved portion of path into the park.

The boys running toward the paved portion of the path, at Finch Way

The boys running toward the paved portion of the path, at Finch Way

Sunlit grasses

Sunlit grasses

A cool old truck one of the property owners has parked in his rear yard on the park

A cool old truck one of the property owners has parked in his rear yard on the park

Wetland greenery

Wetland greenery

View of Itani Park from Finch Way

View of Itani Park from Finch Way

While there was not a lot to do, it gave the boys a chance to run around and find sticks and rocks, which they always enjoy.  We also saw a number of birds, including quite a few quail.  This would be a good mini nature experience for kids who are not ready to do much hiking, or for families who want to spend a half hour outdoors, but not at a playground.

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A few remaining wildflowers

A few remaining wildflowers

I think a main use of the park is as a place to cut through the neighborhood to get to Sunnyside park.  To do this, you can park at the Crestview lot, located approximately at Crestview and Campus View;

Crestview parking lot

Crestview parking lot

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Then walk the dirt path straight to Finch Way.  Turn Left, walk down to Itani, and turn Right on Itani.  Then walk straight, crossing Center, and you will see the path to Sunnyside Park.  (I did not walk this because I ran out of time!)

The entrance (located on Center) to the path to Sunnyside Park.

The entrance (located on Center) to the path to Sunnyside Park.

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