The city of Everett bought the land for Forest Park in 1894. The depression of 1893 delayed development of the park, but it soon flourished increasing in size in 1909, 1913, and 1916 with additional land purchases. The park is now nearly 200 acres in size.
In 1914 a zoo was started at Forest Park. The zoo started with three deer, two coyotes, and two pelicans. The zoo keeper, Oden Hall, gathered a wide range of animals over the years. The zoo had bison, elk, monkeys, zebras, bears, goats, coyotes, raccoons, rabbits, lions, and even an elephant over the years. The zoo was scaled back in the 1950s and was eventually torn down in 1962.
In 1940 Floral Hall was added to the park as part of the Works Progress Administrations projects. This was one of many projects to get people back to work after the depression. Today you will find an assortment of classes and events held at Floral Hall.
In the 1970s the swim center was added to the park and so was the summer animal farm. Today the swim center hosts a pool, hot tub, sauna, and diving tank. They also teach a wide range of aquatic sports and fitness classes.
The Summer Animal Farm is an interactive petting zoo. The facility is open 10am to 4pm, June 23rd to August 19, 2018. Admission is free of charge. Your child can even enjoy a pony ride. It’s a great place to take your kids!
You will also find other family fun activities like a splash pad, sport courts, ball fields, and playground. Find a cool event at this park or one of Everett’s many gorgeous parks in the catalog.
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This park is open to dogs, although please don’t take them to the petting zoo. Instead walk your pup on one of the trails at the park.