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Seward Park, Seattle

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • Gorgeous views and an amazing 2 Mike walk around the loop! A must see! There are picnic areas and swimming in the summer with life guards. Truly a special place! 
  • Such a stunning park for a nice long walk next to Lake Washington under a canopy of old growth trees. Toward the end of the walk the lake curved into a small bay containing what felt like thousands of...  read more »
  • Seward Park is a thumb of land that sticks out into Lake Washington. This gives the park over 2 miles of lake view from the path that follows the lakeside. There are also multiple trails that wind thr...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • It's a beautiful park in south Seattle, with a great 3-mile loop, you can see beautiful parts of Lake Washington. On clear days, you can see Mt. Rainier from the south part, and the City of Seattle on the north beach area. It's great for jogging, biking and casual walking. The playground is very popular with the kids, and check out the Japanese lanterns near and along Lake Washington Blvd.
  • I love this park. You can walk along the water or do some mini urban hikes up over it. Great views of the city too. A little hard to get to though.
  • This peninsula park on Lake Washington is a great oasis of forest and water views. The Shore Loop is a fun little walk. It's flat, so good for kids and all others. I don't know much about the interior trails, but they are in old-growth type trees. Parking can be tricky, especially on weekends.
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