City Parks & Trails
Enhancing The Community With Parks
The City of Normandy Park was incorporated in 1953 and consists primarily of single-family dwellings on residential lots varying in size from 7,200 square feet to several acres. The large lot size has helped maintain a scenic woodland quality. Park development has generally enhanced and preserved the wooded setting of the community while providing a variety of recreational outlets within the community.
The City of Normandy Park has over 100 acres of parkland, all of which are open to the public. There are six major parks within the City, two of which are low-intensity nature preserves. There is also one recreation center building, and several mini or pocket parks.
Normandy Park Walking Trail Loop: The Normandy Park Walking Trail system consists of three interconnected loops. The Red Loop is approximately 2.2 miles long and is relatively hilly. The Red Loop originates at City Hall Park (where there are public parking, bathrooms and drinking water) and follows 174th Street to Marine View Drive, then left on to Shoremont Avenue, continues up the hill on Normandy Terrace to Normandy Road, then onto 1st Avenue to 178th Street winding back to City Hall Park. The Yellow Loop, located in the center of the city, is about 2.6 miles long and is also hilly, but not as steep as the red loop. The Yellow Loop originates at Natural Trails Park, follows Marine View Drive to Normandy Park Drive, then north on 4th Avenue to Shoremont, which connects to Marine View Drive and returns to Natural Trails Park. The Green Loop is about 2.3 miles long and is the least hilly route. The Green Loop route originates at Marvista Park and follows 4th Avenue to Normandy Park Drive, then Marine View Drive to 208th Street then follows 2nd Avenue back to 200th Street and returns to Marvista Park. A more challenging route of 5.7 miles can be walked by following the outside perimeter of the three loops.
The 2017 – 2023 Parks Comprehensive Plan is developed in accordance with planning guidelines from the State’s Recreation and Conservation Board and the Growth Management Act (GMA). The Parks Comprehensive Plan represents an effort to address maintenance, functionality, safety, aesthetics, and service standards for existing parks. Through its goals, the plan also addresses acquisition standards for future parks and provides a look at a plan for the continued development of the park system and open spaces. It provides a prioritized list of projects and should be used as a guide when developing citywide policy and documents affecting parks and recreation.
The 2016 Nature Trails Urban Forestry Management Plan and subsequent 2019 Monitoring Report and As-built Report illustrate the Comprehensive Plan and PROS Plan highlights the need to promote the health, structure, and function of the natural forest areas, and to guide the restoration and stewardship of Nature Trails Park.