Parks

The City of Colfax is rich with parks. Click here to tour the parks. The 2,880 citizens of Colfax support 11 parks with a variety of amenities. Four parks are placed strategically in neighborhoods—Stan McClintock Lookout Park is on Southview on the east hill of Colfax; Hamilton Park is at the foot of Meadow Street to serve the south Colfax neighborhoods; Eels Park, on West Street, serves the west neighborhoods; and Good Park is on Highway 195 at the south end of town.

The The two major destination parks are at the north end of Colfax. Schmuck Park serves as a neighborhood park for the north end and can accommodate large groups for special events. Tied into Schmuck Park is the Skatepark and Municipal Swimming Pool. McDonald Park is at the north city limits along the North Palouse River. This newer park features four ball fields, a soccer field and a walking pathway.

The Codger Park is a tourist attraction on Main Street with its chainsaw sculpture. Maggie Cain park and Firemen's Park are the entrances to Colfax at the north and south ends respectively and Niehenke park is a small green space on Mill Street perfect for enjoying lunch outside for downtown working people.

The Visit "Things to See and Do" to learn about the local golf course, Little League field, track and the network of walking paths. Also listed there are area attractions.

Colfax Swimming Pool

Park Survey 2012

Codger Park


Commemorating the Codger Bowl, an event featured in all the local and area media and in People Magazine, this small park on Main Street features the largest chain saw sculpture in the world. Two football teams of over-60 codgers replayed a big-rival football game originally played 50 years before when they were high school students at Colfax and St. John High Schools. Read the legend  on a reader board at the park.

The sculpture, done by artist John LaBenne of California, is a massive totem pole made up of the portraits of all the players who participated in the Codger Bowl. Pure small town nostalgia mixed with the amazing artistry of LaBenne. The Codger Bowl was organized and produced by Cleve Richardson, aka stage name John Crawford, a local who grew up and went to Hollywood. You've no doubt seen him as the sheriff in the hit TV series, The Waltons.

Eells Park


This is one of the oldest neighborhood parks in Colfax. The 1912 Women's Park Association purchased the property from the owner, the Lutheran Church, and named the park after its local minister, Cushing Eells. The park features an historic fountain, restrooms, a half basketball court, play equipment and grass and mature trees. A nice stop for a picnic and much loved by the neighborhood kids.

Hamilton Park


Another oldie, this park is located on school property and was the site of Hamilton School or, in the earlier days, the Departmental School, that served the south-end kids. This neighborhood park has restrooms, a half basketball court, playground equipment, a neighborhood baseball backstop for practice and an expanse of grass. It was sad to lose the lovely school building, but happy to gain a park for the neighborhood children.


Stan Mcclintock Park


The youngsters on the east hill love this park. It features basketball courts, restrooms, play equipment and lots of grass and landscaping. The park is located at the near-top of Thorn Street, Valleyview and Southview and adds a green area to accommodate the children in this residential area. The park was named for Stan McClintock, the park maintenance staffer who took care of the entire park system for years and years. Stan’s dedication and hard work is one of the major reasons Colfax is blessed with so many beautiful parks.


Schmuck Park


Named for the family who donated the property to the city in 1916, Schmuck Park is a destination park featuring a large covered picnic area with stone fireplace, a smaller covered area, restrooms, drinking fountains, a playground, sand volleyball court, horse shoe pit, tennis court and acres of green grass and mature shade trees. The municipal swimming pool and skatepark are located at the south end of the park. The school's track and football fields are also a part of Schmuck Park and are adjacent to the south end of the park. The park can accommodate large groups and is often the site of class and family reunions, school and youth events and Chamber events.


Skate Park


Colfax Skate Park was built by a combination city/community effort in 2002. It features powder-coated steel ramps by American Ramp Company (ARC) with two half pipes, two quarter pipes, a pyramid with rails and a "fun box," all laid out to maximize skater flow-pattern. The unique quality of the skate park is the surrounding green grass and large shade trees. It is lighted at night.


Neihenke, Maggie Cain, Good and Firemen's Parks

These parks add welcome green space to the community with picnic tables and quiet space. Niehenke Park was donated by the Henry Neihenke family and is a popular lunch place for workers on Mill Street. Good Park is located on Highway 195 and is part of the south entrance to Colfax. A new footbridge, designed and built by Kristyn Pearson as her high school senior project, makes the park more available to travelers who might want to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch as they pass through Colfax. Maggie Cain Park is the north entrance to Colfax and Firemen's Park is the south entrance.

McDonald Park


The product of a massive community/school/city effort at fund raising, IAC grant funding and volunteerism, McDonald Park sports four ball fields—a regulation baseball field, a softball field and two multi-purpose fields. At the center is a "press" building with restrooms, office, meeting rooms and concession stands. A soccer field is located on the north side and the park is surrounded by a lighted walking/jogging path that is much enjoyed year-around by local residents. The setting for McDonald Park is particularly pleasing—basalt bluffs, fields, wild flowers, the Palouse River on the east side and a variety of wildlife from cranes and ducks on the river to deer in the fields. The park is host for school baseball games and local, area and state tournaments.

Walking Paths


Colfax has embarked on building a series of walking/jogging/bicycling paths in the last few years. This network is located at the north end of town and includes uninterrupted sidewalk along Cedar Street that meets up with a pathway that extend the length of the golf course and around McDonald Park. The city has received funding to build a connecting pathway on the dike along the North Palouse River, parallel to Cedar Street. Note the map of walking paths. These walking paths are a favorite with the locals—seniors out for exercise; children bicycling to baseball, soccer or neighborhood destinations; and everything in between.


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