Favorite Secret Parks

Calkins Landing

Location: Mercer Island
Address: S.E. 28th St. & 60th Ave. S.E.
Acreage: approx. 0.08

The most newly spruced up in a series of Mercer Island waterfront street ends, Calkins Landing is a fantastic small public space.

A paved path curving like a snake through the […]

Cove Park

October 20, 2015

Location: West Seattle
Address: Fauntleroy Way S.W. and S.W. Barton St.
Acreage: Approx. 0.3

Squeezed in next to the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock, just south of Lincoln Park, is a newly revitalized park with waterfront access.

This little-known park was closed for several years while […]

S.W. Brace Point Street End

Location: West Seattle
Address: Fauntleroy Way. S.W. and S.W. Brace Point
Acreage: approx. 0.02

About a third of a mile south of the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock in West Seattle is one of the best waterfront street ends I’ve found so far.

Follow what looks […]

32nd Ave. W.

Location: Magnolia
Address: 32nd Ave. W. and W. Galer St.
Acreage: approx. 0.4

This is a great secret waterfront park in Magnolia. At the street end of 32nd Ave. W., you’ll find a small waterfront beach that provides a good spot to launch a kayak or […]

Howell Park

Location: Madrona/Madison Park
Address: 1740 E. Howell Pl.
Acreage: 0.9

Roughly halfway between Madrona and Madison Park, take a turn off of Lake Washington Boulevard onto what looks like a short dead-end street and you’re in for a great surprise.

This hidden waterfront park […]

Mayfair Park

October 28, 2011

Location: Queen Anne
Address: 2600 2nd Ave. N.
Acreage: 1.0

A little out of the way on the north-facing side of Queen Anne, you’ll find the sweet Mayfair Park. This park sits at the end of a dead-end street and backs into a ravine […]

Thomas C. Wales Park

October 17, 2011

Location: Queen Anne
Address: 2401 6th Ave. N.
Acreage: 1.3

What do you do with a former gravel pit? Turn it into a park and use the gravel to make art!

Thomas C. Wales Park sits in the elbow that connects Dexter Ave. to 6th Ave. N […]

Soundview Terrace

Location: Queen Anne
Address: 2500 11th Ave. W.
Acreage: 0.3

This is one of my favorite newly discovered parks. Soundview Terrace on the western end of Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood is perched on a steep hillside. If I had been the park’s engineer, I would […]