Greenlake Park

Greenlake Park


Green Lake is Seattle’s own version of New York’s Central Park. The lake is the focal center-point of a huge expanse of greenery and urban wildlife, dotted with great outdoor amenities. At any hour of any day, you’ll find Seattleites enjoying the outdoors by utilizing either of the two running paths that circle the lake or any of the other number of great activities that are part of the park. Parking is difficult on the best of days in the area, but it is worth the search to have access to this outdoor wonderland.

Starting at the south end a number of soccer fields are usually filled with high schoolers or evening recreational teams, while cyclists enjoy the dirt jumps along the side. Moving counter-clockwise around the lake there is a public golf course. At assorted spots one can find a variety of sports courts, including (but not limited to) baseball, tennis, basketball, and a child’s wading pool. On the northeast side of the lake is one life-guarded beach, a swimming pool and a rental facility for the paddleboats that can always be seen on the lake. Roller-bladers, pedestrians and bikers continue around the 2.8 mile trail that hugs the lake, getting to the Bathhouse, an arts facility near the life-guarded beach on the northwest side. Continuing around, there is a fishing pier, then on the southwest side is a large rowing facility, including an arena for watching events on the water.

The south end of the park adjoins to Woodland Park, home of Seattle’s zoo. The space in its entirety, in addition to being a playground for Seattle and its fun-loving, outdoors-inspired human residents, is a great place to watch for the local waterfowl, including the logically named “Duck Island.” Duck Island is an artificial island in Green Lake, off limits to humans—and also the namesake of nearby Duck Island Ale House.




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