As Walla Walla’s first park, Pioneer Park continues to provide many opportunities for the community to play outside. With a large playground and many sports fields, as you would expect, this park offers so much more. Walk under canopy of several state record holding trees on paved paths winding through the park, but don’t forget to stop and smell the roses at the Memorial Rose Garden. The newly remodeled Pioneer Park Aviary is also a must see and hear, actually, as there are a few peacocks. Not to mention a large duck pond, wedding fountain, and a historic bandstand that serves as the park’s center piece all located just a mile from downtown.
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- What To Do
- Walking Path
This large, 58 acre park includes 1.4 miles of walking paths, sport fields and courts, an aviary, rose garden, playground, and several record holding trees.
- How To Get There
From downtown Walla Walla, go east on Poplar Street (becomes Alder after crossing Park Street) for one mile. Turn right on Sasayama Drive to enter the park. There are three parking areas. The first and largest is on your left as you enter the park, providing immediate access to the playground and pickleball courts. The second parking area is located at the center of the park. The third parking area is located between the aviary and pond near the park's southern entrance on Whitman Street.
- When To Go
Pioneer Park is open all year from 5 am to 11 pm daily. Giant trees shade the summer's heat and come fall display amazing colors. There is a small hill located on the northwest corner of the park that is perfect for young sledders after a few inches of snow. Many City of Walla Walla Parks & Recreation programs utilize the park's amenities, so check often and join an activity that suits you.
- What To Expect
This park is truly for the community; it has something for everyone. Enjoy a stroll on the west side of the park passing by the rose garden, aviary, and historic old growth trees. On the east side of the park, the playground, duck pond, and sport courts and fields will tire even the most rambunctious family member. The grand stand anchors the park at its center, and provides and iconic backdrop to many events. The walking paths, aviary, rose garden, and restrooms are ADA accessible. The restrooms, located near the playground and baseball fields on the east side of the park, close at dusk.
Pets must be on leash. Park hours are 5 am to 11 pm daily.
There are two ADA restrooms, benches and picnic tables scattered throughout, six facilities that accept reservations, and a kiosk for the Walla Walla Free Little Library located near the aviary.
- Wildlife Awareness
Please do not feed the birds.
- 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.