I love to get the boys outside, especially when it is close and easy. Today we went to Conservation Park, and it was both.
Pullman’s website gives the story of Conservation Park:
“The City’s ‘old nursery’ site having outgrown it’s initial purpose made it’s transformation into the Conservation Park as a result of WSU student Angie Kenney’s Master Thesis; Environmental and Societal Benefits of Conserving Open Space: An in Depth Analysis and formal Park Proposal for Pullman, Washington. The Boy Scouts have improved trails and made the initial improvements to the entrance site at the western terminus of Darrow Street, Park staff added a pergola and volunteers from Windermere Realty installed the landscape. Cub Scouts have added plantings and a bench site overlooking the Palouse River. The future vision includes pedestrian connections to Cooper Basin, Military Hill and Grand Avenue Greenway.”
The park is basically just open space with a rough trail. The trail is probably about a half mile, winding downhill to the road where the water treatment plant is(!) It took us about 45 minutes to go all the way down and back – and that included breaks for finding sticks, throwing rocks, and a bit of arguing (naturally).
This was a mini nature experience- not the wilderness by any means, but a good chance to run around and enjoy the sunshine. In the summer it should be beautiful.
And you get to see the water treatment plant!