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Seward Park

Seward Park is both a distinctive, iconic Seattle landmark – a 300 acre park on a peninsula of land jutting out into the south end of Lake Washington – and the lovely surrounding neighborhood that shares its name.  The park itself is a wondrous place featuring old growth forest, a 2.5 mile waterfront bike/walking path, a native plant garden, swimming beach, environmental center, miles of hiking trails, kids play area, and more.  I will describe my perfect “Seward Park Summer Saturday”, a glorious experience which can be repeated over and over as desired!  I grab my best running girlfriend and we arrive at the park at 8 AM.  The mist is rising off of Lake Washington, the sun sparkling brightly on the water, and Mt. Rainier looks close enough to reach out and touch.  The quiet of the morning is broken only by chattering birds and ducks softly paddling near the shore.

We set off into the park for a brisk 2.5 mile jaunt.  Seward Park is a favorite of runners, joggers and walkers and is home to one of Seattle’s most beloved running/walking events – the “Furry 5K” held every June and benefiting the Seattle Animal Shelter.  Along the way, we take in the amazing views of Mt. Rainier, Mercer Island, boats at anchor in Andrews Bay, and if we’re lucky, there will even be a bald eagle or two at rest high up in one of the park’s 1000 year old Douglas firs.  

After the loop is complete, we head up the hill - Seward Park Avenue - on foot, meandering through the quiet streets, up and down the hills, taking in the views and admiring the wide-ranging variety of architectural styles that Seward Park offers.  Serene mid century homes set on wide expanses of lawn overlook the lake.  Dignified brick Tudors hold court behind clipped hedges, and demure bungalows wear garlands of summer roses.  Angular and clean lined, the juxtaposed elegance of new construction is a modern counterpoint to the more traditional and historic architecture of this old Seattle neighborhood.  Our final stop is tiny Martha Washington Park, at the end of Holly Street, a lovely tucked away expanse of green lawn, trails to walk the dog, and lakefront access to put in a kayak.

Tired out from our efforts, we get the car and head over to nearby Columbia City for refueling.  Lottie’s Lounge, on the corner of Rainier Ave and S. Ferdinand, offers a fabulous brunch.  French toast and Bloody Marys, anyone?  Afterwards, the Columbia City Bakery beckons us across the street for treats to take home – fresh made breads, sticky buns, brownies and a huge assortment of other mouth watering goodies are the reward for our morning’s athletic efforts.  It’s hot now and we might head back to the beach for a swim or simply relax on the grass and watch children playing in the sand.  That’s a Seward Park Summer Saturday.  A magical experience I highly recommend!  

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