Parkways Blog: 3 New Light Rail Stations Opened In North Seattle: Take A Tour And Enjoy These Nearby Parks!
On October 2, three new light rail stations opened: Northgate Station | Roosevelt Station | U District Station. These stations will make it easier for residents and visitors to get to work, downtown or to the airport. They also help expand access to several nearby parks and recreation facilities, many of which are within walking or cycling distance of local train stations.
Whether you’re looking to explore new trails and open spaces, join a community center program, or enjoy a new playground with your family, the Light Rail helps connect Seattle residents to our amazing park system and Recreation ! See below for some of our favorite places to explore and time estimates for walking or biking there.
- Cowen Park (3 minute bike ride; 10 minute walk): Cowen Park is nailed to the western end of Ravenna Park, adding grassy play and picnic areas to the ravine that descends to the southeast. There you will find a softball field, a few picnic tables and barbecues, a play area with swings and climbing bars, and restrooms.
- Green Lake Park (9 minute bike ride; 15 minute walk): Green Lake is one of Seattle’s most beloved parks and serves as a nature preserve for hundreds of tree and plant species, as well as many birds and water birds. The 2.8 mile trail around the lake provides an ideal recreation area for runners and walkers. Many others use the sports fields or visit the park for boating, picnicking and swimming. Located within the park are the Green Lake Community Center, Evans Pool and Green Lake Small Craft Center.
- Ravenna Eckstein Community Center (6 minutes by bike; 15 minutes on foot): this community center is a busy center located north of the university district; it has an outdoor playground, tennis court, indoor gym and basketball court. The center offers programs for participants of all ages.
- Froula playground (4 minute bike ride; 5 minute walk): This playground features baby swings, tennis courts, a long lawn perfect for catching, as well as slides and climbing elements.
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(Image of the Fritz Hedges Waterway Park)
- University playground (5 minute bike ride; 12 minute walk): This park features two tennis courts, a baseball field and safety net, a playground with slide, baby swings, a Rich Beyer sculpture of a sasquatch , adult exercise equipment and bathrooms.
- Fritz Hedges Waterway Park (7 minutes by bike; 15 minutes on foot): this new park opened its doors in the fall of 2020. Located on Portage Bay, the park offers access to water for hand boats, catering. shore, an open lawn for passive recreation, and interpretive material related to one of two historical accounts – Native American use of the Portage Bay Trail and more recent maritime history.
- Meridian play area (10 minutes by bike; 21 minute walk): Meridian Playground is a quiet neighborhood park. It contains a large grassed area for all open activities, a playground and a gazebo near the shelter.
- Gas works park (9 minute bike ride; 31 minute walk): Gas Works Park has a playground with a large play barn and a large hill popular for kites. Special features of the park include a sundial and a great view of Seattle. TheBurke-Gilman Trail pass the Gas Works parking lot and follow the Burlington-Northern Railroad 12.5 miles north to Log Boom Park in Kenmore.
(Image of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park)
- Northgate Community Center (3 minute bike ride; 10 minute walk): Built in 2006, the community center building features a lobby, full-size gym, large multi-purpose room (with commercial-grade kitchen), and more rooms small consisting of classrooms, arts and crafts room, weight room, teen room and game room.
- Hubbard Farm Park (6 minutes by bike; 15 minutes on foot): the park includes a main lawn surrounded by planted meadows, a half-basketball court, a skate bowl, a hydro-seeded “wet meadow” and an access place at 112th Street and 5th Avenue.
- Maple Leaf Reservoir Park(15-minute bike; 34-minute walk): This 16-acre park features a trail system, a viewpoint highlighting Mount Rainier and Lake Washington, a series of rain gardens, a shelter, and a plaza gathering area, sports grounds (including pickleball court, hitting wall and basketball hoops), two ball fields and a playground with a zipline, a children’s garden and other features. unique game.
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