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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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TripAdvisor
  • Went with my autistic grandson on a sunny weekday when the park was greatly under used. We had a great with him playing well with other children who were also accompanied by caring adults.  more »
  • Such a peaceful place to walk, run, or camp (among other things I suppose). Trails aren't too long and kept in good condition to walk without major issue. Would recommend if you're wanting to see the ...  more »
  • One of the more scenic parks that gives you a glimpse of the Capitol building and the Overlook of the water. If you're lucky you can see some wildlife.  more »
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  • Great park, especially nice on summer evenings as the sun goes behind the trees and you can enjoy a bit of shade on an otherwise hot day. The toys and swings are clean and well-maintained and great fun for the kids, and there is plenty of open space to run around. Paths around the park make an easy hike for all ages with some viewing spots to look out at the water.
  • Nice place for family with kids. Very quiet and peaceful. So much greenery and the waters are calming. I love it here!
  • What a gorgeous place! I love how expansive the trails are and the beach is lovely. I just had trouble finding the trails from the parking areas.
  • Dog friendly! A walk through middle earth! But seriously no trail or beach at this park will disappoint. Great park, I visit regularly.
  • Priest Point has trails, a ton of picnic space, a playground, and easy access to the water. It's a pretty popular place but it never feels overcrowded. It's great on hot days because of all the tree cover.