Margaret McKenny Park

Margaret McKenny Park is closed for construction

The park is closed for construction until early September.  This project includes installation of new playground equipment, paved and gravel pathways and site grading improvements. 


4.16 Acres


3111 21st Avenue SE

Playground Design Winner

In April 2017, Olympia residents selected the Burke playground design (image below) to be installed at Margaret McKenny Park. Thank you to those who participated in the online survey. We had 915 responses! 


Playground Highlights:

  • This custom design provides children of all ages and abilities the magical world of exploration and imaginative play with movement that focuses on safety.

  • In this colorful design, you will find fitness-based equipment that gets kids moving like never before. This design offers opportunities to build cognitive skills from a variety of play events such as climbing, spinning, sliding and more.

  • The playground encompasses physical, emotional and social play experiences; education and play wrapped into one adventure structure.

  • Educational and custom play panels feature historical information and images that promote learning.

  • Playful furniture is seamlessly integrated into the play area, combining form and function by creating seating and tabletop surfaces to be utilized by children and caregivers alike.

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact Sarah Giannobile, Associate Planner, at 360.753.8020 or by email at

Park History:

This parcel was purchased by the City of Olympia in 1999. It was purchased to be a future neighborhood park. An Interim Use and Management Plan was implemented in 2008.

The Park was officially named Margaret McKenny Park on January 13, 2009. Margaret McKenny was an Olympia resident who helped lead the effort to save Watershed Park from private development in 1955. She was the founder of "Citizens for the Future" who circulated a petition to save Watershed Park and ultimately took their case to the State Supreme Court. Ms. McKenny was an accomplished naturalist who published many notable field guides for wild mushrooms, wildflowers and birds.

Park Features:

  • Playground (coming soon - Summer 2018) 
  • Picnic Tables
  • Swing Set
  • Basketball
  • Short Crushed-Rock Trail Loop

Park Accessibility:

A barrier-free compacted, crushed rock trail loops the park.

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