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FAMILY FUN

Family Fun
The Columbia Park Family Fishing Pond was the first warm-water family fishing pond developed in Washington State. Maintained by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Fishing Connection, it is a great place to discover several species of warm-water fish - including channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, walleye, crappie and other anadramous species.
 
A walking trail loops around the pond, and interpretive signage help identify the fish. A peninsula into the pond gives great access to view and fish, and includes a handicapped acces?sible fishing platform. Migrating and nesting waterfowl are found nearby and an occasional beaver will visit the pond to the delight of those fishing. Youth under 14 and disabled permit holders can fish for free.
 
Adjacent to the Family Fishing Pond, stands the Play?ground of Dreams, a unique 12,000 square foot playground, built in September 1999, in just 5 days, by over 2,000 volunteers. This playground was built on a scale that far surpasses any other recreational playground in the area. What makes the Playground of Dreams unique is the incorporation of features representing local landmarks and attractions (e.g., the Columbia River, the Blue Bridge, the Cable Bridge, a barn, and a hydroplane). The playground includes components requested by local elementary school children, who met with and advised the project architects. These include a pirate ship, dragon slide, castle maze, rocket, rope wall, and many others. The playground is accessible to the physi?cally challenged and to children of all ages.
 
The City of Kennewick installed a children’s water feature near the Playground of Dreams and Family Fishing Pond at the east end of Columbia Park. At the push of a button, the young and young-at-heart can dance or dash their way through a series of jets that will spout water in an ever-changing array of streams, spurts, sprays and splashes.

J & S Dreamland Express is a colorful, whimsical, train-trolley that makes its home at the east end of Kennewick’s Columbia Park and began life as airplane baggage cars and an Air Force tow tractor. Relocated, repainted and renovated to accom?modate disability access, this “train” now provides riverside fun for the entire family! The J&S Dreamland Express offers rides around Columbia Park’s Playground of Dreams and Family Fishing Pond on Saturdays and Sundays from Spring until Fall.
 
The Sturgeon Cove Playground in Howard Amon Park is a gently landscaped, central play area for kids of all ages. The playground features a 16-foot Sturgeon-shaped play structure...reminiscent of a great fish that was hauled from the Columbia River in 1920. A large, steam boat play structure, a tot lot with a colorful tugboat, sand and water play area, see-saw and spinning toys, large slide, and zip-line...all combine to make Sturgeon Cove a destination for family fun!
 
Once you’re done outside, step into the Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science and Technology (CREHST) museum for hands-on demonstration activities, ranging from archeology to Nano science. In this bi-centennial year, their new Lewis & Clark “Scientists in Buckskin” exhibit is a good way to commemorate the event.

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Youth Activities
Girl Scouts Mid-Columbia Council
Lack of parenting, destructive behaviors and activities, gangs, violence, and youth isolation are key issues for today's girls. At Girl Scouts, we inspire girls with the highest of character, conduct, patriotism, and service to become happy and resourceful citizens.
8468 W. Gage Blvd., Kennewick - 509.783.7721

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities
The YMCA offers state-licensed, high quality before and after school child care programs, day camps, youth sports, teen and family programs. Serving over 14,000 participants, the YMCA strives to serve everyone regardless of race, religion, gender or ability to pay.
1234 Columbia Park Trail, Richland - (509) 374-1908

Skateboard Parks
6th Ave. and Dayton St, Kennewick
1185 Carondelet Dr., Richland

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