Favorite Secret Parks

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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
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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
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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 […]

Rainbow Point

Location: North Seattle
Address: N.E. 75th St. and Banner Way N.E.
Acreage: 0.79

I find this park nearly impossible to get to by car. It’s on a small street just off the very busy Banner Way N.E. near Green Lake that’s clogged […]

Bellevue Place

April 22, 2011
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Location: Central Seattle
Address: Bellevue Pl. E. and Bellevue Ave. E.
Acreage: 1.4

Bellevue Place is one of my new favorite finds. This completely hidden park takes some sleuthing to locate. I drove in circles around this part of Capitol Hill until I finally turned down a […]