Nearly four acres of maintained meadow and tall, arching shade trees at Pfingst Animal Acres Park provide a lovely area for picnics or a nature walk. At the south edge of the park, McAleer Creek winds through a forested corridor with a good salmon viewing platform. This platform is used by local schools for annual salmon release events.
The park also features a community volunteer demonstration vegetable garden and a crushed gravel walking trail that loops the perimeter of the park. Amenities include a metal dogwood flower drinking fountain featuring a special drinking spout for dogs and a Mother with Otter Pup sculpture donated by the Lake Forest Park Garden Club.
As a gesture of international friendship, the Consulate General of Peru and the Peruvian Navy presented the Bust of Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario (an iconic and national hero), to the City of Lake Forest Park and to the State of Washington as everlasting gift from the people of Peru (October 2011). The Lake Forest Park Rotary Club has graciously donated their time and materials to complete the surrounding around the Admiral Bust. Learn more about Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario.
The Pfingst family, previous owners of the property, pastured horses and other animals in the meadow. Local children fondly called it "animal acres." The City purchased the property with King County Open Space Bonds. in 1997, and the park opened to the public in November, 2000.
The park is open to the public, dawn to dusk. Dogs must be kept on leashes. Rules are posted at the park.
Trail(s): Walking, 0.25 Mile Loop
Parking: Onsite Parking
Other: Picnic Tables, Children‘s Garden, Drinking Fountain (people and dogs), Salmon Viewing Platform
Water quality measurements: Streamkeepers of Lake Forest Park