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Kids go google over new park



The red caboose at Google Park is a nod to Feriton Spur’s historical importance.

Joshua Huston

 

What do you get when you cross a retired train-track-turned-pedestrian-path with a multibillion-dollar company? An awesome public recreation area. Last year, Google contributed $3 million toward the transformation of an abandoned section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, which cuts through the company’s Eastside campus. The result is a 900-foot-long stretch of beautifully manicured, open play spaces for kids and adults alike. After much consideration, the park was named Feriton Spur in recognition of the historic spur (secondary train track) used at the location. 

Nestled between Google’s campus buildings are basketball and sand volleyball courts, a TRX fitness section, a small playground, a zip line, picnic tables and lots of grass to romp around in.

Wide, paved paths make for smooth scootering, and the small-scale playground is ideal for tots. Up for more action? The zip line is a surefire hit, with the perfect combination of simplicity and speed. 

Photo: Joshua Huston

The zip line is the right blend of straightforward and speed.

Kiddos aren’t the only ones getting their wiggles out. Parents can try some moves on the TRX structure, or shoot hoops on the full-sized basketball court, which is BYOB: Bring your own ball. 

Tables dotting the grassy areas are perfect for snack times or impromptu picnics. Be sure to peek into the red caboose, a salute to the old railroad. 

The entire space is large enough to encourage play and exploration, yet small enough to keep things stress-free for parents with little ones in tow. The fact that it’s located away from the main street is another plus.

Photo: Joshua Huston

The playground is perfectly scaled for smaller ones.

Work up a thirst? Extend your playdate to the Chainline Brewing Company. Situated along the Corridor, just north of the park, this fairly new, kid-friendly craft brewery serves local beer, juice boxes and nosh from regularly scheduled food trucks. Snag a seat on the sunny deck and say “cheers” to an outing worth repeating.

Pro tips: The best parking we found was along 5th Place South (west of the main Google campus). There are no restrooms on-site, so plan ahead.

Google Park at  Cross Kirkland Corridor, 747 6th Ave. S, Kirkland, kirklandwa.gov

Chainline Brewing Company, 503 6th St. S, Kirkland , chainlinebrewing.com

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