Usually I reserve these “go to there” posts for foreign or exotic locals. However, I was feeling a wee bit homesick the other week and thought I would go ahead and dedicate a post to some of the tiny, unique and off-the-beaten-path parks in the greater Seattle area.
Note: There are many many many amazing places in Seattle… this list consists of places I have NEVER been to, even after living there until the age of 18 and visiting my family, still in the area, quite often.
Next time I am visiting home and have some free time, I might need to check some of these out.
So these are the top 5 Seattle area parks I would like to go to, ASAP (please):
1. Kerry Park, Queen Anne
A great little gem of a park, this one, donated to the city way back in 1926, comprises of around 1.25 acres on the south slope of Queen Anne hill. Within this park is a pretty intriguing 15 foot tall steel structure by the artist Doris Chase. Entitled “Changing Form” the 1969 sculpture frames the vista while standing as a bold silhouette on its own.
The park is well known for it’s incredible sweeping views including Downtown Seattle, Mount Rainier, Elliot Bay West Seattle and across Puget Sound towards Bainbridge Island (on clear days at least!)
2. Waterfall Garden, Pioneer Square
Tucked in the middle of Pioneer Square is this 60 x 80 foot “pocket park” completed in 1978. There are Japanese maples and shrubs surrounding a 22-foot waterfall. (Water-flow is approximately 5,000 gallons of water per minute.) Really, I don’t know what else to say, because “waterfall” for the win.
It is located on the former UPS headquarters site, earning it the early nickname of “UPS Park.” Sexy.
3. Streissguth Gardens, Capitol Hill
Black trillium’s, contrasting rhododendrons, and a plethora of other native perennials and plants cover this hillside garden in the Northwest side of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The one acre park is split into four regions which include perennials, vegetable gardens and fruit bearing/flowering shrubs. And you can’t miss the large staircase and the meandering pathways.
The park is still family maintained. It was originally two different privately owned properties, but merged when the neighbors fell in love and married in 1968. Awwwwww!
4. St. Pauls Labyrinth, Lower Queen Anne
Alright, so this isn’t a true Labyrinth and more of just a pretty little patio area, but I still am intrigued. The graphic lines and surrounding planting areas are a peaceful little respite in the heart of Queen Anne. Yes, there is spiritual intentions behind this, being a part of a church and all, but the space is still a fun little gem that can be appreciated by all.
There is also Froyo across the street. That is all.
5. Beacon Food Forest, Beacon Hill
This one is cheating because it doesn’t actually exist quite yet, but it is WAY too cool not to include as a future destination that I will be very excited to go to. Planned as the largest “Urban Food Forest” at 7 acres across the Beacon Hill area, locals would be able to plant, grow, take classes, and participate in a giant scale public garden park.
The variety of flora/fauna planned are extensive, including vegetables, vines, herbs, fruit trees, herbs and bees! The first two acres (phase one) are supposed to be up and going any day now (early 2014).
To the PNW for some little secret parks and some fam time please!
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