Priest Point Park, Olympia

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Priest Point Park is a public park located in Olympia, Washington. Established in 1905, it was the city's first waterfront park, providing access to the Budd Inlet of Puget Sound.HistoryIn 1848 Catholic missionaries of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate led by Father Pascal Ricard arrived in the South Puget Sound area, claiming the site as St. Joseph's of New Market. Father Ricard and three other French Canadian priests built two or three simple buildings, including a classroom and chapel, along with an orchard and garden. They operated a school for Indian boys from the local Squaxin Island Tribe. The Nisqually, Puyallup and Snoqualmie used the mission as a trading post. The mission closed in 1860, three years after Pascal left.In 1905 the land became a city park after plans for a housing development fell through. Volunteers labored to clear trails, install landscaping and re-erect the elaborate two-story Swiss-style chalet donated by Leopold Schmidt of the Olympia Brewery. The building first served as the brewery's pavilion at the 1903-04 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon, and remained at the park until the early 1950s.
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  • I have been here hundreds of times. As a child and as an adult. Now with children of my own. Laid back and quiet for the relaxing picknick or a short nature hike. 5 star for ease of access, relaxation...  more »
  • Beautiful city park with numerous walking paths, good birding (Pacific wrens), restrooms, covered picnic area, and a wonderful rose garden in bloom while we were there.  more »
  • Nice little hike to get to the beach. Plenty of room and felt very safe. Highly recommend for a nice walk.  more »
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  • Great park! Only downside is that when it's low tide it can be pretty stinky down by the water... Nice covered areas with grills. It has large open spaces and shady trails. It also boasts a beautiful Rose Garden that has a gorgeous gazebo and giant covered picnic area. It would be perfect for an outdoor wedding, family reunion, or outdoor work party!
  • Priest point is an awesome local park. They have options to rent space for a party, and with their playground and open water front they're awesome for my little siblings birthday party. Great place to just explore and there are times I go for a decent workout as the long stretches of inclined sand can be a real intense hike.
  • I love the playground and open grass area at the south side of the park. It's clean with bathrooms close by and the structure, while simple, is perfect for toddlers (with supervision of course) and older kids alike. We took a trail down to the water and had a great time walking the sea shell coated beach. Lots of fun, bring a picnic!
  • Has a ship play structure. Found this place via good reviews... fun place. We bring the kids here frequently now
  • What a magical place. And perfect for dogs and small children. Not too hard of a trail and and a beautiful romantic spot
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