Enjoy a stroll around Murr Sports Park near Walla Walla High School. This park offers a nice paved path to learn to ride a bike or walk a puppy dog or two. With benches evenly spaced around the loop, everyone in the family can recreate within their comfort zone. Relax to the sound of Yellowhawk Creek. Catch a softball, baseball, or soccer game. This community gem should definitely top the after dinner walk list.
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- What To Do
- Walking Paths
At 0.75 miles, the paved loop around Murr Sports Park offers users a creek-side stroll and a chance to enjoy a ballgame or two. This park is full of activity and community spirit. Despite its use, there is always a bench tucked in the shade and near the creek to enjoy a little nature in the city. Enjoy a loop while out on your nightly stroll, or put in a few laps and call it a workout. Murr Sports Park is a great little getaway in town.
- How To Get There
From downtown Walla Walla, go south on Second Avenue for about a mile and a half to its end at the intersection of Second Avenue and Howard Street (4-way stop). Continue straight on Abbott Road passing Walla Walla High School on your right. At the intersection of Abbott Road and Fern Avenue, keep straight on Abbott Road and find the entrance to Murr Sports Park on your left.
- When To Go
Visit this park all year long. The mature trees provide ample cover during summer months to escape the heat. Fall is of course gorgeous. Build a snowman or two in the winter, and stretch your legs as soon as spring arrives.
- What To Expect
This 0.75 mile path basically forms a figure eight. The first loop goes around the softball and baseball fields. The second loop borders the soccer fields and follows Yellowhawk Creek. A small section of it parallels city streets, but the trails are off the main road and fairly secluded by vegetation. Mostly used by walkers and joggers, the trail is also great for small kids learning to ride a bike or scooter. Many folks walk their dogs around the park, so make sure to keep even the most well behaved pooch on a leash. Please pick up after your pet as these fields are heavily used by various sports. It is not fun going through soccer practice with a little extra between cleats. If using before the sun is up or after it has gone down, know that there are no lights along the path. The section along the creek can be quite dark so bring a light source.
Pets must be on a leash.
The parking lot is quite large and rarely full even when sporting events are taking place. There is a water fountain in between the baseball and softball fields (may not be available in winter). A portable toilet is located in the parking lot on the east end of the park. Several benches are available along the route.
- Wildlife Awareness
In order to protect restoration efforts along Yellowhawk Creek, please stay our of the water. This also applies to pets.
- Field Notes
Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.
Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.