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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  • Fantastic gem. So much to offer from clear trails, play ground, and fun places to walk on the shore of the sound. I love going to Priest Point to run. Ellis Cove is connected as well and it offers great trails too, but it is pretty steep with lots of steps in places.
  • Awesome place for the family to picnic or go for a walk and see nature. Excellent play area for kids to play has public restrooms as well during the summer season.
  • Makes for beautiful in city hike nice snacks and good restaurants close by but when you're out there you feel like you're nowhere near the city well maintained trails and if you're lucky you can catch the site of a sea plane landing or taking off
  • Greeat Washington park with waterfront views. The toys are fun. My 5 kids from age 15 down to 4 all love this park and there is something for everyone.
  • Wonderful park close to town yet the forest has a very calming Pacific northwest feel. Tall lovely trees next to the beach with winding trails.
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