Madison Park

Madison Park


Madison Park is a scenic neighborhood that is almost more seaside village than urban neighborhood. It can be found at the end of Madison, the first street to run from Puget Sound to Lake Washington. The area began as a vacation destination for Seattleā€™s early settlers, with the Park itself as an amusement park as well as the beach. While today most people walk, drive or bus to Madison Park, it was once the end of the line for a cable car from downtown. The ferry dock that was also a form a public transportation is still visible at the north end of the beach, though it is no longer in service. The beach at Madison Park offers a beautiful view of the east side suburbs and the mountains behind it. To the north, from the beach, is the 520 Floating Bridge. The neighborhood of Madison Park covers from McGilvra down to the lake, and from the lake on the north, south to Harrison. In reality, most people refer to the entire Madison Valley, which extends the area west up to 23rd Avenue.

The neighborhood is made for its park and the beach is a destination still, as it is the closest one to the dense Capitol Hill area. There are other great green spaces, however, in the greater neighborhood. In the valley is Washington Park, which is adjacent to the Arboretum, a huge area of forest, trails, lakefront and even a Japanese Tea Garden. Just east of Washington Park, the Arboretum butts against Broadmoor, Madison Parkā€™s gated community.

The two main commercial areas are the Madison Valley and Madison Park. Madison Park is filled with cute, beach town style stores and restaurants that capitalize on the beautiful waterfront location. Madison Valley, on the other hand, was developed much later and has no such location. Instead, it has become a hotbed of award winning, nationally recognized chef restaurants.




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