July 12, 2009

Lake Tye Park in Monroe is a great place to spend the day.

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Lake Tye Park is located off Fryelands Blvd in Monroe, south-west of Hwy 2.

Every year, the last Sunday in April, sponsors make it possible for a kids fishing derby to take place. More than a 1000 kids show up before 8 am to get in line to fish for farm raised trout which gets unloaded into the man made lake just about a week before the event. These are some good eating fish too, let me tell ya. It is free to the community and kids can bring their own tackle and bait, or borrow those that are provided by the wonderful volunteers who are present to assist the kids and monitor the fishing activities. Each child is allowed to catch two fish, and then they can get in line one more time to catch two more if they so desire.

[caption id="attachment_1589" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="My oldest with a nice catch from April 2008"]My oldest with a nice catch from April 2008[/caption]

Lake Tye has a great playground for the tots, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic areas, a food concession stand, a skateboard park and clean public restrooms. I haven't done this there before but it also might be a great place to fly the kites. One thing is for certain, it's a great environment to spend some quality family time.

[caption id="attachment_1590" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="A Tower of Slides! "]A Tower of Slides! [/caption]

For those who are too big to play on the merry go round, the slides and the swings, perhaps bringing the bikes or the skateboards would be the appropriate thing.

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Coming back to this area after 20 years, I can say Monroe is not a little po - dunk town anymore....some have said it's like the next Issaquah. Prior to finding our own home in 2004 (it took a few months) we lived with a beloved one who is like family named Julie from my old neighborhood (a Snohomish address but just as close to Monroe).  Anyway, she and I would often come to Lake Tye with our dogs and take a walk along the lake, which I estimate to be about a mile one way. See if you agree, there are lots of different ways to enjoy time together at this park.

[caption id="attachment_1595" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Lake Tye on a calm, not so busy day (no fishing derby!). Walking trail is on the other side of the lake in the distance."]Lake Tye on a calm, not so busy day (no fishing derby!). Walking trail is on the other side of the lake in the distance.[/caption]

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