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Columbia Park, Kennewick

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Columbia Park is a 400acre recreational area with of shoreline of the Columbia River located in the city of Kennewick in the U.S. state Washington. The park is a popular destination for residents of the surrounding area because of the many facilities and events at the park.Recreational featuresColumbia Park has numerous recreational features, some of which include a privately run golf course, disc golf course and a family fishing pond.There are several trails for hiking and bicycling in Columbia Park. Running the entire length of the park is the Sacagawea Heritage Trail, a bike trail that loops around the Tri-Cities providing bicyclists access to Richland and Pasco. The trail is popular, especially during times of warm weather.There is a Veterans Memorial in the east end of the park. This memorial has the tallest freestanding granite structure in the United States, standing at 40 feet in height.Geocaching in the park is a popular activity. In 2015 there were 19 geocaches in Columbia Park.Playground of DreamsIn the east end of the park is the Playground of Dreams, which was built in 1999. Around half of the cost of the original playground was donated by Bechtel Hanford, KNDU-TV and Radio Tri-Cities. Around 6,000 volunteers helped in the construction of the playgroundOn November 29, 2003, arsonists burnt down the playground. Again the community raised the needed money to rebuild and volunteers from around the area offered a cumulative total of over 8,000 work hours. The playground was reopened on May 8, 2004. No one was arrested for the crime.
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  • Our kids could have played in the playground of dreams all day. Sadly, we didn't bring swim gear so we couldn't enjoy the awesome splash pad next to it. Next time!  more »
  • There's just something for everyone here. If you like to fish, there are some spots by the river to go fishing. People come here to walk, to jog, and even bike. There are picnic areas where families c...  more »
  • Columbia park is older than the town itself. It has numerous picnic areas, a veterans memorial area, as well as a 5 mile long bike/jogging trail. It's a great place for a gathering during the summer m...  more »