Parks and Recreation

PARKS MISSION STATEMENTOur mission is to provide and promote community leisure as well as recreational and cultural activities for all citizens. This is accomplished through the joint efforts of staff and community volunteers who work together in organizing recreational programs and activities.  Through this combined effort, we strive to enhance personal well-being and improve the quality of life that makes Zillah a great place to live, work, and play.


The Spring Program includes t-ball, t-ball for tots, and coach-pitch.  The Fall includes Soccer.  The city hires a part-time coordinator for each of the programs.  Both programs have historically had over 100 children participants.  It’s never possible without help from all of the volunteer coaches. 

The programs are not money-makers but have been considered an excellent investment in the children of our community. 


Registration is Closed. 

March 28th Coaches Concussion Online Training Needs to be done: 

Coaches complete the following training by March 28th   at: print off the certificate of completion and submit it to the Parks and Recreation Director. Meeting at Civic Center for Coach only at 6:00 p.m. on March 28th Coaches will get equipment this night. 

April 9th  – 17th:  Team Practice 6 pm - 7 pm Monday and Wednesday.  (Practices will be held at Stewart Park. If more room is needed, coach pitch ages 8-9 will move to the Cemetery Park across from the Teapot. 

May 6th – May 12th  NO League games or practices this week due to Community Days in Stewart Park.  

April 9th  – May 22nd: League games or practices. Games or practices will be on Mondays and Wednesdays 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Age Requirements: 
Tee Ball: (co-ed) Boys and Girls ages 4 & 5 years of age (Suggested ages). Basic understanding of baseball, learning positions, learning to hit from a Tee, throw, catch, and running bases.  

Coach/Pitch Baseball: (co-ed) Boys and Girls ages 6-7 years of age (Suggested ages). Basic understanding of baseball, learning positions, throw, catch, running bases, and hitting a ball tossed to them rather than from a Tee. 

Intermediate Coach/Pitch Baseball: (co-ed) Boys and Girls ages 8-9 years of age (Suggested ages). Intermediate level of understanding of baseball.  A continuation of learning baseball basics such as player positions, throwing accuracy, catching, and base running. 


Swimming poolAfter the tough decision was made to close the swimming pool, the city looked into replacing it.  We found that it could take well over a million dollars to construct a new one and that the ongoing maintenance costs would not be feasible.  When the original pool was in operation over the past 10-15 years, we found that the city spent around $15,000 to $20,000 each year, over and above the revenue that was brought in through fees.  With a much bigger and better pool, and adding swimming programs, the fees that would need to be charged were far too high to consider.           

In place of the pool, the city decided to investigate funding a Splash Park.  We applied for a federal RCO grant last year and were notified that we have been awarded $255,000 towards the project.    The constraints on the funding are, that it can only fund up to 50% of the project.  This means that the city must also come up with a match to that on a dollar-to-dollar basis.  At this point, the city still needs apx. $174,000 to fill the gap.  The city is looking for donations.  The Parks Committee is working on funding mechanisms to sponsor certain elements of the project.  For instance, you could sponsor a bench, a spray toy, or possibly even name the park after someone.  Options are still open at this point so please contact Sharon Bounds at 509-829-5151 if you are interested.


The city applied for funds from AARP to fund a Wellness Pathway in Stewart Park.  The application was not funded but the city continues to plan for it and hopes to include it in the 2022 budget.  The pathway was designed more for adults and senior citizens.  It includes a pathway around the perimeter of the park, several pieces of exercise equipment along that path.  The park is very long, so having the pathway would also help those in a wheelchair to have better access to the amenities including the cookshack, playground equipment, concrete stage next to the civic center, etc.  Fingers crossed. 
  Community Wellness Pathway - Exhibit

airwalkers   bench with pedals    parallel bars

stairs-ramps   upright bikes  static combo


The Teapot Dome Park & Ride Project was completed in 2020 and is already a much-used area.  It includes 96 parking spaces, two electric vehicle charging stations, a bus shelter, and several entrances into Stewart Park.  A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on September 24th.  Our Representative Jeremie Dufault and Senator Curtis King attended the event.  They were instrumental in securing the funding with us so we were very pleased they could attend.


Loges Park
710 Railroad Avenue
Adams Park
213 Adams Park Drive
Shelley Park
Park Street
Stewart Park
107 First Avenue

Ice House

109 6TH Street
Kreiger Park
First Avenue