{ Manson Parks offers much to our community

Manson Parks offers much to our community

Manson Parks offers much to our community

Whether you are a local (which means you’ve been here 25 years) or the "new kid on the block" like me that’s only been here for 11 years, or a visitor that’s here for the weekend, it’s always great to learn about amenities in our remarkable community. I had the pleasure of chatting with the Director, Manson Parks and Recreation District, Robin Pittman to learn about our amazing parks and the positive impact Manson Parks has in our community. I was surprised to learn Manson Park and Recreation was formed in 1971, thought it had been around forever! They currently operate seven parks and their Mission Statement reads, “To provide an exceptional outdoor experience for everyone.”

Robin Pittman, Director Manson Parks and Recreation District

Manson Parks employs two full-time maintenance workers. They really have a lot on their plate taking care of so much property! They mow and trim lawns, provide landscaping where needed, make repairs, empty the many garbage cans in the parks and from April to September take care of the cans in downtown Manson. They even re-do the white lines at the ball field at Singleton Park. Manson Parks has a secretary on staff to assist Robin, she is tasked with a variety of jobs.

Willow Point Park - 165 Willow Point Road is open year-round (restrooms open May through September). Hillside park with swim area, large grassy area, small playground, picnic tables, BBQs and restrooms with stair access. Enjoy a picnic by the beach, while your children swim or use the play area.  In the winter, take pleasure in combing the large beach.

Old Swim Hole - 295 Manson Boulevard is open year-round with a portable toilet May through September. This is an off-leash dog park with lake access and a small grassy area. This is also a great place to launch a kayak.

Manson Bay Park - 86 Pedoi Street is open year-round (restrooms open May through September). This is downtown Manson’s swim park. It has a grassy area, restrooms, stair access to the water, benches, and it features the only lifeguards (seasonal) on Lake Chelan. Free swim lessons are offered during the summer (www.swimmansonbay.com). This family-friendly park is a great place to spend those hot summer days!

Manson Bay Marina is located next door to Manson Bay Park open year-round (water and sewer are not available September through April). This 34-slip marina features power and non-power slips, as well as a sewage pump-out station, which is free of charge for any Lake Chelan boaters. You can walk from your boat to downtown Manson just a few steps away where you will find restaurants, shops, a grocery store, post office and more.

Singleton Park - Off Highway 150 and Madeline Road is open year-round, (restrooms open May through September). The Park features baseball and soccer fields, outdoor basketball court, picnic gazebo, bleachers, restrooms, playground and lots of parking. The gazebo can be reserved for $75 and if you leave as clean as you found it you will be refunded $50, which make this one of the best deals in town for a party.

Old Mill Boat Launch -  200 Mill Road is open dawn to dusk year-round, (restrooms open May through September). Boat launch facility, $10/day to launch and park truck and trailer, $5/day to park vehicle or trailer only, $45 annual launch pass, which you can purchase at the Parks office or Reed Marine. Day use picnic area, restrooms, T-dock with free pump-out station, fish cleaning station (lots of fish in Lake Chelan). A great place to enjoy an afternoon picnic and scenic views on Lake Chelan.

Wapato Lake Campground - 153 E. Wapato Lake Rd is open April through September. Small, family-friendly campground with on-site host. RV sites have power and water (no sewer is available). 30-amp sites are $30 per night; 50-amp sites are $35 per night; tent sites are $25 per night. Maximum four people per site and one vehicle and one sleeping unit per site. Two night minimum stay on weekends, three night minimum stay on holiday weekends. No alcohol allowed memorial weekend. A boat launch is located next to the campground and is free to use. Launch is open dawn to dusk. Call 509-687-6037 or email wlc@mansonparks.com to find out more.

Manson Parks offers AAU Youth Sports, for Manson kids in kindergarten through 6th grade. Soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, and T-ball are offered. Cost varies. Our local businesses step up to the plate and sponsor teams making this a real community endeavor.

Manson Parks host the annual Egg Hunt each year, where they hide approximately 2,500 plastic eggs, plus 15 golden eggs which are redeemed for fun prizes!

The Manson Parks office - 142 Pedoi Street is a perfect place to hold meetings and is free for non-profits and can be rented for $100 for private parties. Manson Chamber of Commerce, Manson Community Council, American Legion, Manson Apple Blossom and others use the space. Contact the Parks office at 509-687-9635 or email info@mansonparks.com for more information.

Robin said, “Our long-term outlook is very good. Our Board of Commissioners always works with the knowledge that they are representing the community of Manson. Providing exceptional facilities and opportunities to recreate is the driving force behind everything we do here at Manson Parks. We have incredible support from the community and hope to always make Manson proud!”

Robin Pittman’s family moved to Manson in 1995 and she is a Manson High School graduate. She attended Central Washington University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. Robin lived in Kent for eight years and moved back to Manson with her husband, Nick, and their children, Lucas and Katelyn. Robin was hired as Office Manager for Manson Parks in 2015. In October of 2016 she filled in as Interim Director, and in March of 2017 she was hired as Director. Robin says, “I am honored to serve this community and hope that I can help our Board make a positive impact in the lives of our community and its visitors.”

Be sure to take advantage of our wonderful parks.

By Norm Manly

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