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Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore

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Saint Edward State Park is a 316acre-park in Kenmore, Washington and Kirkland, Washington. It is part of the Washington State Park System. Before becoming a Catholic seminary and later a state park, the area was logged in the 19th century and again in the 1920s. A series of trails runs through the park for bicyclists and hikers. The forest canopy is primarily made up of the Coast Douglas-fir, Western Redcedar, Bigleaf Maple, Pacific Madrone and Western Hemlock. Its dense carpet includes many varieties of fern (mainly Western Sword Fern), shrub and moss. It is flanked on the west by an undeveloped beach on Lake Washington. The park surrounds the Saint Thomas Center, which houses Bastyr University.FacilitiesSaint Edward Seminarythumb The park's most singular feature is the Saint Edward Seminary, listed on the Washington State Heritage Register since 1997 and added in April 2007 to the National Register of Historic Places. This large, historic building has fallen into disrepair in recent years. It is not currently accessible to the public except by special arrangement, e.g. renting the refectory for special events.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Best playarea around Seattle with so many activities for the kids. The trails are amazing criss crossing through the entire park with great views of the lake. Plan for around an hour for the entire tr...  more »
  • We went to a play last night at Bastyr University. It was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. This was a play in which the elementary kids where my grand daughter goes to school were abl...  more »
  • Nice place and well maintained state park. There are trails leading to the Lake. Play field for children,Tracks for walking within the park Picnic place,,SKATING SCHOOL,seminary with with brick layers...  more »
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  • The park is great for all types (families, couples, individuals and pet dogs!) and has extensive grounds to keep everyone occupied. It has a kids play area/fort equipped with several swings and slides and other features to keep the little ones busy. The park has multiple trails that can be explored by bike or on foot. Picnic tables are scattered around the grounds surrounding the seminary building, with barbecue grills provided in some areas. There is a male/female toilet facility by the play area, and a water fountain between the main seminary and the smaller building housing the office/basketball court. There are several parking lots. On busy days, go to the back lot where there will usually be available space. Some Notes: The park requires pets to be kept on leash at all times. Discover Pass is required (you can pay for single day access -$10 or one year -$30 onsite, via check or the exact amount of cash). Park is open from dusk to dawn (currently at 9:30pm).
  • We really enjoyed Saint Edwards. We brought a picnic and spent the entire day here on a beautiful sunny day. First we explored the really cool wooden / castle playground which the kids loved. We then checked out the historic seminary and enjoyed reading the history of it on the installations around the grounds. Another father and son were enjoying some science on the lawn and there were lots of families with dogs and people enjoying the great weather. Really fun place to spend the day with the family.
  • Saint eds provides a fantastic trail system in what is basically my backyard. Rangers are nice, parking is reasonable, and dogs are welcomed, so long as they are leased. It's usually pretty quiet too, so long as you don't go on peak summer days.
  • Discovery Pass required for parking; can be purchased on-site. Large playground with area for toddlers. Easy to lose sight of multiple kids playing simultaneously as the play structures easily obscure them, though. Great picnic areas with available public grills.
  • Great place for a walk near a big city. Also great place to bring your dog. My run club trains here quite often.