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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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  • The snowy mountain, Lake, the landscaping and the best games I love, safety pin can be seen from there, kids
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  • My favorite time to visit Seward Park is another other season except summer. (the number of people visiting the park sky rockets) But I still go, just at different times. This past weekend I did an ho...  more »
  • Lots of nice trails with views of the water and Mt. Rainier. A great place for kids to play or have a picnic.  more »
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  • Amazing place to visit during the summer, you can do a walk around the park or ride a bike. There is plenty to do and the parking is spacious. I loved the park because it wasn't crowded. The view of the lake is spectacular!
  • Great Park for walking and beautiful Scenery. My low rating was due to the "detail work" that some thugs in the neighborhood did to my windshield trying to steal something out of my car! They also busted out the windshields of several other cars close by! This is my first time dealing with shenanigans of this nature in the area. The good news is that the Police did leave a card on my windshield and a case# as a reference. So within a ~60-90 minute time frame they where called and in the area.
  • Such a hidden treasure of a park! Really a gorgeous walking or running loop around the peninsula. Designed by the Olmstead brothers, same people who designed the University of Washington campus and National Mall, so those who enjoy cleverly designed landscape architecture will not be disappointed.
  • Great park with a mix of paved walking and biking trails, hiking trails, play grounds and play fields, surrounded by native plants and wildlife.
  • I absolutely love this park. The waterside path around the periphery of the peninsula is nice, but to really get a feel of the place, take a hike into the interior. It's easy to forget that you're within Seattle city limits when standing in a grove of old-growth forest.

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