||Picnic shelters, Barbeque grills and tables: Shelters are available to reserve April 1 - October 31 |
||Longs Pond features a year-round fishing pond and dock open during normal park hours. No fishing license is required however any angler must meet one of the following criteria:|
• Under 15 years old
• Over 70 years old
• Anglers with a disability who possess a designated harvester companion card
These regulations are established by the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife. For more information on sport fishing rules, visit the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife website.
||Trails and Trailhead for the Lacey Woodland Trail |
||Lacey Community Center |
||Virgil Clarkson Senior Center |
||“White House” |
||Woodland Creek |
||Open play area |
||Children’s (5-12yrs) play structure (swing, freestanding net climber, 4 slides, arched loop ladder, cosmic climber, sky wheel, sail roof, climbing wall) |
||Toddler (2-4yrs) play structure (one 360 degree bucket swing on tandem swing set, drums, suspension bridge, wave climber, double slide, climbing structures, activity panel) |
||Wildlife viewing |
||Restroom: yes |
||Parking lot |
||Nine hole Disc Golf Course, Driving Range, and Putting Green |
In 1991, the City of Lacey purchased 70 acres with a grant of $488,663 from the Washington State Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation, matched by $488,663 of city funds. The following year, the city purchased the two acre Feeny Property for $10,140. A master plan for the park was adopted in 1994. The “White House” was renovated in 1994 at a cost of $42,232 to provide indoor space in the community for programs and activities. In 1996, the 10,000 square foot Lacey Community Center, portion of the shoreline trail, and parking lot were constructed at a cost of $1.6 million. The fishing pier on Long’s Pond was constructed with a grant from the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in 2000.
The city secured over $1 million in funding from four sources (HUD/CDBG Grant $750,000; The Boeing Co. $40,000; Senior Services for South Sound $10,000; and City of Lacey $250,000) necessary to construct a new senior center to replace the Willow Street* Senior Center. (* This building was donated by the Lacey Lions Club to the City in 1970, used for city meetings, including city council meetings, and operated as the Senior Center from 1997-2003) The City broke ground in 2002, and in June of 2003, the 5000-square-foot Lacey Senior Center was dedicated. The Senior Center is managed and programmed by Senior Services for South Sound in partnership with the City of Lacey who maintains the building and grounds.
In 2007, using $1.85 million in voter approved bonds and $450,000 City of Lacey Parks and Open Space (utility tax revenue) funds, the picnic shelters, restrooms, play equipment, trails, and parking lot were constructed. The Stream Team has been planting native trees and shrubs along the banks of Woodland Creek to establish a riparian corridor to improve water quality and wildlife habitat since 2007. School children plant trees in April each year along the corridor to celebrate Arbor Day and learn about the importance of native trees.
In 2009, the Lacey Woodland Trail, a regional trail located along the south side of the park, was constructed. In the summer of 2010, an asphalt trail connecting a “trailhead in the park” to the Woodland Trail was constructed using $30,000 RCO grant funds, matched by $30,000 city funds.
In May, 2010, the city council adopted Ordinance #1347 to annex the park into the corporated boundaries of the City of Lacey.
The master plan was reviewed in 2010 with extensive public input, revised to reflect current community need, and adopted by the City Council in December 2010.
In 2011, the City was awarded a $1,000,000 CDBG to expand the Senior Center. Construction on a 5344 square foot addition was underway in May of 2012, at a cost of $2,204,000 with city funds and the CDBG, opening in April, 2013.
In the summer of 2012, the City entered into an agreement with South Puget Sound Disc Golf Association to construct a nine hole disc golf course South of Woodland Creek, a driving range, and putting green north of the creek, which was completed in April 2013.
In the fall of 2012, parking was added near the picnic shelters, and an asphalt trail constructed so that now Pacific Ave bicycle lane and sidewalk is connected by a trail separated from vehicular traffic to the Woodland Trail using a $100,000 RCO grant matched by $100,000 in Park and Open Space funds and volunteer labor.
For more information about current projects please visit Park Planning and Projects.
Woodland Creek Community Park is the site of the Family Fish In, an event held annually since 1999, in mid-April to promote kids’ fishing, in cooperation with the Washington State Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, local angler organizations, and citizen volunteers. National Trails Day, the first Saturday in June, is celebrated at Woodland Creek Park with a volunteer trail maintenance project, in cooperation with the Woodland Trail Greenway Association, the PARC Foundation, and local businesses.
In the summer of 2013, the City of Lacey Public Works Department constructed the Aquifer Recharge Enhancement Area (AREA), three underground reclaimed water infiltration galleries in the southwest corner of Woodland Creek Community Park. This area lies south of Woodland Creek, and west of the trail that connects the Lacey Woodland Trail to the bridge over Woodland Creek in the park.
Our environment benefits from using reclaimed water as a resource for stream flow enhancement by redirecting water that is currently not used for a beneficial use to a site further upstream. The purpose of this AREA is to replace and enhance stream flow in Woodland Creek. Reclaimed water will not directly enter Woodland Creek. The creek will lose less water to the aquifer because the addition of reclaimed water forces more natural groundwater into the creek. Increasing flow in the creek will improve water quality that is currently impaired, particularly in the upper reaches that go dry, from elevated water temperatures and low dissolved oxygen. This project is predicted to raise local groundwater levels so that this section of the creek in the vicinity of Woodland Creek Community Park loses less flow to shallow groundwater during summer months. This AREA will enhance critical habitat for a federally listed Chinook salmon species by increasing stream flow throughout the length of Woodland Creek. Currently, reclaimed water is infiltrated lower in the watershed, which does not recharge stream flow and provides minimal recharge to aquifers that are used for public water supply.
In 2019, the fishing dock was replaced with a repurposed dock formerly at the site of Long Lake Park.
Please help ensure a positive experience for all park visitors and wildlife by observing general city park regulations and Longs Pond rule.
Longs Pond (Woodland Creek Community Park) Rule:
1. NO BOATING, FLOTATION DEVICES OR SWIMMING
*See Ordinance No.781. Approved by the Lacey Park Board September 19, 1996.
WDFW Sport Fishing Rules
Report fishing violations to WDFW: