WASHOUGAL — Graham Fine scaled the beast’s back and crouched on its head.
“I’m king of the yeti,” he said, surveying the crowd below him.
Fine, 5, attends Little Lamb Preschool in Washougal, and his school doesn’t have a playground. If it did, he’d want it to have something similar to the new natural play area at the Washougal Waterfront Park, 56 S. First St.
The play area officially opened on Friday, and on a sunny Monday afternoon, it was already popular with local families looking to get outside before this week’s anticipated heat wave.
The highlight of the new park for many is the roughly 9-foot tall Sasquatch kneeling down in the center of the area. The Port of Camas-Washougal sought names from the public for the statue and turned over a few favorites to port commissioners, who decided on Eegah. The port worked with Portland-based landscape architecture firm GreenWorks on the park and Sasquatch statue.
The most daring of park visitors can get to the top of Eegah by walking up a hill onto a rock and using a climbing rope to reach his shoulders.
“Kids always seem to find a way to jump on logs or climb something,” said Alicia Fine, Graham’s mother. “It’s fun to have a place they can do that.”