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green lake park
Seattle, WA
As an occasional outing or a regular workout location the park at Green Lake has some real strengths. The central location and accessible facilities make it is easy to use the park. The layout of the park allows a broad range of activities for all ages. 

From a logistical perspective, it is an easy outing to plan. The facilities are generally close to parking. There are rest rooms strategically located throughout the park. Hunger and thirst are easily satisfied through the variety of small quaint restaurants just across the street from the park.

Tree at Greenlake Park

Swordplay at Greenlake Park

Beach at Greenlake Park
Crow at Greenlake Park


Island at Greenlake Park


Because there is a path encircling the entire lake, the park is well arranged for taking a walk or a run that is real exercise. It measures out at 2.8 miles. Bikes and rollerblading are also popular and there are separate lanes for wheeled vs. foot traffic. Pedestrians have a choice of paved and unpaved paths that run side by side next to the lake. Dogs on leashes are also allowed and it is a popular place for walking pets.
The grounds on either side of the path are also usually full of activity. Fishing is a popular activity especially on the west bank of the lake. Sunbathers frequent the beaches, but also the high grassy areas on the east bank. There are formal and informal facilities for everything from basketball to hacky sack and there are small boats available for rent. Musicians often play everything from folk guitars to flutes and people watching is a rewarding activity as well.
It's not a place for a wilderness experience. It's a city park, albeit a lovely one because of the lake, and most of the criticisms stem from this. The park can be crowded at peak times. Peak times would be weekends and late afternoon on any nice day and most times during summer if the weather is good. The path can be very crowded and people may get in your way. Sometimes the problem is the pace of the people on the path, whether too fast or too slow for your preference.
Other times it is the failure to respect the division of the path between wheeled vehicles and pedestrians. Whether it is the skaters/bikers/rollerbladers or the walkers/joggers/runners who aren't conscientious about staying on their own side, the results are the same. There are near misses (and probably collisions) between modes of transportation that are not well suited to share the same space.
by Dianne Bengtson
photography by Steve Robertson

No admission fee

Best parking lots are at southwest corner of lake on both sides of street.

Do not allow pets to drink from Greenlake.

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