First-ever Skyway Park Takeover is August 12!

  WHCA Event

by Devin Chicras

We’re taking over Skyway Park and EVERYTHING IS FREE! Try out a variety of sports and activities, create the perfect picnic with food, drinks, and ice cream, dance to our live DJ or wacky brass band, scoop up giveaways and resources at our vendor alley, and keep an eye out for surprise guests.

Skyway Park Takeover logo.

While Skyway Outdoor Cinema may be on hold for 2023 (due to Skyway Resource Center construction), we’re not slowing down with the fun.

Absolutely everyone of all ages, abilities, and interests will find something to do – even if it’s just checking out the newly renovated park, newly paved trail, and brand new playground.

Thank you to King County Parks for partnering with us on this exciting event!

Some highlights to look forward to:

  • 8-Bit Brass Band performance
  • DJ MIXX America
  • Double Dutch Divas
  • Buoy the Seattle Kraken hockey mascot
  • Marta the River Otter, King County Parks’ mascot
  • Skyway United FC soccer skills clinic
  • Casual lawn games like Kan Jam and giant Jenga
  • Face painting
  • Free books from Skyway Library
  • Erg rowing machines
  • Free local food and specialty drinks (vendors to be announced shortly)
  • …SO MANY MORE SURPRISES to be announced! Follow us on socials or email for updates.

Getting There

We highly encourage you to walk, bike, or roll to the park if you’re able! But there are many other ways to get to Skyway Park as well:

Four Points of Access to the Park!

Main parking lot is reserved for those with accessibility needs and event vendors.

A. WEST SIDE: The RESERVED main parking lot off of S 120th Pl is managed by parking attendants and is reserved for those with accessibility needs and event vendors.

There is a bridge on the side and another entrance through the back of the Roman Casino parking lot.

B. NORTH SIDE: General parking is available in the Roman Casino lot off of Renton Ave S, you can access the park through the bridge entrance (72nd Ave S) or a gate in the back of the parking lot that will be open.

Power line hill off of Renton Ave S – it’s kinda steep!

C. EAST SIDE: Those who park along Renton Ave S and those on foot may choose to use the power line hill entrance off of Renton Ave S across from 75th Ave S. Please note that this is a bit of a steep climb.

There’s a paved trail leading into the park off S 125th St near Greentree Apartments.

D. SOUTH SIDE: Those parking along S 125th St or joining on foot may choose to use the paved path next to the tennis courts close to 70th Ave S.

An overview of entrances to Skyway Park.

Take Transit!

Remember, all youth 18 and under ride free on transit anywhere in the region! Check out the follow ways King County Metro can help you get to the park (and come meet their team at the event and grab some neat Metro swag).

Skyway Community Van

Contact coordinator Kahdijah Jackson if you’re interested in using Metro’s Skyway Community Van to get to Skyway Park! Rides are being organized now, and volunteer drivers are always needed if you’re interested.

Jordan Hoover, Community Engagement Planner at King County Metro, presents the new Metro Flex app on Zoom at our Spring 2023 State of the Hill community quarterly meeting.

Metro Flex

Metro Flex is your on-demand neighborhood transit service. With one simple app—and just a few taps—you can ride anywhere in the service area, all for the same cost as a bus trip. Metro Flex is convenient, fast, affordable transit at your fingertips. Metro Flex replaces Community Ride, Ride Pingo to Transit, and Via to Transit. Learn more about Metro Flex from our Spring 2023 State of the Hill community quarterly meeting.

If you require a wheelchair accessible vehicle, need other mobility assistance, or have trouble walking short distances, please indicate all needs within your Metro Flex profile. If you book rides over the phone, tell the customer service agent about your ride support needs as well.

Taking the Bus

Use King County Metro’s Trip Planner to plan your route! Take the 106 up Renton Avenue South and get off at the 74th Ave S stop to walk through the 72nd Ave S entrance to the park, near the Roman Casino parking lot and Peter Tran Auto Repair.

Volunteers Needed

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