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Seward Park, Seattle

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Seward Park is a neighborhood in southeast Seattle, Washington just west of the park of the same name. The park itself occupies all of Bailey Peninsula, a prominent, forested peninsula that juts into Lake Washington. The attached map is accurate, broadly speaking, in capturing "Greater Seward Park," though real estate sites, such as Zillow, will refer to the part of the neighborhood north of Orcas Street as Lakewood, which is reasonable, since that neighborhood is the historic home of a "community club" (which owns its own house and land) once known as the Lakewood Community Club (built on or around the 1920s), and now known as the Lakewood-Seward Community Club.NeighborhoodThe neighborhood is bounded on the east and north by Lake Washington, on the south by South Kenyon Street, and on the west by the eastern boundaries of Columbia City, one of Seattle's oldest neighborhoods. Because, as the city of Seattle proudly notes, Seattle does not believe in wards, wishing to avoid the "ward politics of 'back'" (that would be Chicago and eastward), Seattle has no legally defined neighborhoods. However, the city does respond to popular definitions, as does Zillow, and the city's website indicates how complex the west border of the Seward Park (or Lakewood-Seward Park) neighborhood is.EnvironmentThe 300 acres of Seward Park has about a 120 acre surviving remnant of old growth forest, providing a glimpse of what some of the lake shore looked like before the growth of the city of Seattle. With trees older than 250 years, the Seward Park forest is relatively young . Still, there is no other forest within the city limits like Seward Park's. You can wander trails where all you can see are towering softwoods, mostly Douglas firs, but with other species present as well, including Western hemlock, Pacific madrona and Alaskan cedar. The Park offers at least five distinct experiences, which are further described under the entry for the park itself.
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  • Very nice place near the lake and entire drive from Seattle was scenic.Most beautiful especially with CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN FULL BLOOM on the way. Good picnic spot and place to relax.  more »
  • Great neighborhood park on the shores of lake Washington. Good swimming beach in summer. Good for running all years long. Great visitor center and lending library. There is ample parking. If you are a...  more »
  • This gem of a park offers picnicking, biking, swimming and a great kids park (esp 2-8 year olds). What people don't always try out is the great inner old-growth forest hiking trails. Or the wildlife--...  more »
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  • Seward is among the best parks in Seattle, if not the country. It feels remote and wild because it is surrounded almost completely with water. The outer edge has many nice swimming areas, complete with platforms, perfect for summer days. In its interior, Seward features a trail system that meanders through old growth groves. A true highlight of South Seattle.
  • This is a beautiful park with variety. It's hot walking trails, a big playground, beach access, several picnic areas, and beautiful views!! It has one of the best views I've seen on Mt Rainier, on clear days, that I've seen.
  • Beautiful & serene park. It has decent play area for kids. Good picnic shelter. Ample parking. Very beautiful view of Mt. Rainier. Nice walk area. Also can leash dogs. A weekend picnic spot.
  • This is such a wonderful park! I often come here to just sit and look out to the water. Perfect for families and pet owners.
  • My personal favorite park in Seattle. The entire walk / bike ride around the peninsula has some of the best views in the city. One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to take advantage of the city's frequent closure of Lake Washington Blvd to ride bikes all the way down along the lake, around Seward Park, and a picnic near the playground (or at one of the beaches).