Anybody who has visited or lived in Deer Park knows that there is no limit to how many wonderful outside activities can be enjoyed in the area. From lakes to memorable nature destinations, Deer Park is Spokane’s northern sibling that presents a pastoral escape from city life. While close overnight camping and whole day destinations are the perks of living in Deer Park, there is also a surprising amount of green spaces and parks to enjoy without even having to leave the city limits.
Set squarely in the center of Deer Park, it offers a clear open grass field perfect for those wanting to spend some time kicking around a soccer ball or football, and also features restrooms and a seating area. This park also plays host to the First Saturday Markets that take place throughout the summer. As an added bonus of being in the heart of Deer Park, there are plenty of restaurants and opportunities to get out of the summer heat just a minute’s walk away.
Offering robust amenities such as a skate park, swings, ample seating, restrooms, and plenty of climbing park equipment, this is a great park for the children or those young at heart. While Deer Park’s only community pool is at this park, the pool facility will remain closed throughout this summer due to Covid. You can find this park at 226 S Margaret Ave in Deer Park.
Earl D. Mix Park
This well known park offers two areas featuring playground equipment, as well as spaces for a fun picnic at the park. Mix Park offers plenty of shade with its 6.8 acres of coniferous trees and grass landscape. This space is also known for hosting numerous community activities as well as the Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo. This neighborhood park is located at 301 W 4th St in the northwest side of the city.
Placed on the east side of the city, this park features family friendly trails that offer plenty of shade and room to either take a jog or a quick walk in nature. Recently, bike trails were added to the park that offer challenges and jumps for those of all skill levels. It is important to note that some of the bike trails are still under construction, please use caution as you enjoy the trails.
Deer Parks Sports Complex
Located on the southeastern edge of the city, across the street from Deer Park High School, it covers a whopping 21 acres of grassed landscape. The Complex offers multiple baseball/softball fields as well as open areas for other large group sports. The baseball infrastructure was updated in 2019 by the Extreme Team Diamonds and Dreams program, making the fields even better. Most recently a disc golf course was added to the complex. This is a public park; however, contact City Hall for schedule/reservation information.
Deer Park Golf Course & Country Club Drive Park
A city owned park open to the public, this space offers a connected recreational vehicle facility for golf pros or those who just want to try their hand at hitting a golf ball around. The Country Club Drive Park is just a block south of the golf course, and is considered a mini park similar to Swinyard. Don’t be mistaken by its size as it offers basketball hoops, playground equipment, and swing sets. Both of these areas are located just northeast of the center of Deer Park.
A small park in the middle of Deer Park, it is located on Main Street near the CHAS Clinic. This park offers seating and an intimate amount of grassed landscape adjacent to the railroad. This park is unique as it offers Deer Park’s Veteran’s Memorial billboard.
Main Street Park
The last park is the Main Street Park. This neighborhood park is a tame space offering easily accessible pathways featuring playground equipment, grass landscape, and restrooms. Located in the central northern part of town, this park is of course on Main Street.
And Many More…
While most locals would be familiar with Perrins Field or Mix Park, nobody would be at fault for not being familiar with the Airport Open Space Area, also known as the Missile Site Snowshoe Park. This huge park covers 645 acres of wooded trails with no formal facilities. The area offers the adventurous type of flat ground hiking trails. In the winter, it is popular for cross-country skiing. This park is sustainably logged and offers revenue that helps improve the trails and airport here in Deer Park. It is open to public access, and accessible right next to the northeast entrance of the airport, at the end of North Missile Site Road.
There are many other parks in various stages of planning. As the city grows, there are more green spaces already marked for community and families to escape to.