WALK LIBRARY

 

Looking for a fun neighborhood to explore, or a new walk to try out? Check out a walk from our library, and send us your ideas for walk routes where you live!
 

North Beacon Hill
Historical Central District
Central District Parks
South Park

 

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North Beacon Hill Viewpoints and Jefferson Park

 

This short walk is most rewarding on a clear day; the location on top of Beacon Hill ridge will allow you to see both the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. The sites on this route are diverse, and include a prominent social justice organization, residential streets, businesses on Beacon Avenue South, great views of the city, and some time in one of Seattle’s largest parks – Jefferson Park. After the walk , you can choose to end the outing with a stop at a restaurant on Beacon Avenue South or visit the Beacon Hill Library.

 

Start at: Beacon Hill Light Rail Station, 17th Avenue South & South McClellan Street
How to get there: Accessible by Sound Transit Link light rail to Beacon Hill Station, or Metro bus
routes, 36, 38, and 60. Plan your trip at tripplanner.kingcounty.gov.
Length: 1.70 miles; round trip back to the light rail station is 2.27 miles
Estimated Time: 60 minutes
Difficulty: Easy, a few moderate hills, but mostly flat
Services: Restrooms at Beacon Hill Library and Jefferson Park
Restrictions: Not ADA accessible
Points of Interest: Beacon Hill Light Rail Station, El Centro de La Raza, Beacon Hill Public Library,
Beacon Hill First Baptist Church, Jefferson Park, Beacon Food Forest, Jefferson Park Golf Course

 

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Multiculturalism, Public Art, and Public Space in the Central District

 

This is a great walk for those interested in exploring the Central District and observing both its
multicultural roots and abundance of public art and public space. Be prepared to walk a good distance,
for although this it is not a particularly hilly, this walk covers a lot of terrain. The walk culminates with
a magnificent view over Lake Washington, and if you chose to continue further, a panoramic view of
downtown Seattle.
Start at: 14th Avenue and E Remington Court
How to get there: Accessible by Metro bus routes 3, 4, and 84. Metro bus route 14 services the
endpoint. Plan your trip at tripplanner.kingcounty.gov.
Length: 2.44 miles for ending at I-90; 2.75 miles for ending at Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint
Estimated Time: 90 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate, mostly flat, but some hills interspersed
Services: Restrooms at Pratt Park, Judkins Park, and Sam Smith Park
Restrictions: Not ADA Accessible
Points of Interest: Washington Hall, Squire P-Patch, Urban League, Seattle Buddhist Church, Seattle
Koyasan Church, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, Pratt Park, Pratt Fine Arts Center,
Murals on Jackston Street, Judkins Park, Northwest African American Museum, Jimi Hendrix Park,
Sam Smith Park, Mt.Baker Ridge Viewpoint

 

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Central District Parks Walking Tour

 

This short walk through the Central District highlights a handful of the area’s many parks. Although
this walk contains a few hills, there are many places along the route to relax, including coffee shops,
restaurants, and seating areas within parks. This route is a great choice for children as it meanders
through multiple play areas that are accessible to a range of age groups. If you wish to visit more than
just a few play areas, there are two possible side trips to other local playgrounds. On a clear day, both
the Cascade Mountains and downtown Seattle are visible on the first section of the walk.
Start at: TT Minor Park and Playground, 17th Avenue and E Pike Street
How to get there: Accessible by Metro bus routes 2, 11, and 12. Plan your trip at the Metro trip planner:
tripplanner.kingcounty.gov
Length: Without side trips: 1.53 mile; with both side trips: 1.97 miles
Estimated Time: 60 minutes
Difficulty: Moderate, somewhat hilly
Services: Restrooms located at Garfield Playfield and Powell Barnett Park
Restrictions: Not ADA accessible
Points of Interest: TT Minor Playground, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Immaculate Conception Church,
Immaculate Conception P-Patch, Garfield High School, Garfield Community Center, Horace Mann
Building, Alleycat Acres, Nora’s Woods, Powell Barnett Park

 

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South Park

 

This route explores the constantly evolving neighborhood of South Park, one of the city’s oldest areas.
The highlights are a visit to the great community asset, Marra Farm, and beautiful views of the
Duwamish River at the Duwamish Waterway Park. This walk is best on a dry day because the paths on
Marra Farm can be somewhat muddy and hard to traverse in the rain. This route does not pass through
any play areas. However, if you interested in visiting a playground, the South Park Playground is just
north of S Cloverdale St on 8th Avenue S.
Start at: S Cloverdale Street & 7th Avenue S
How to get there: Accessible by Metro bus routes 60 and 132.

Plan your trip at tripplanner.kingcounty.gov.
Length: 1.78 miles
Estimated Time: 50 minutes
Difficulty: Easy to moderate, one steep hill at beginning but mostly flat
Services: Restrooms at South Park Library
Restrictions: Not ADA accessible
Points of interest: Cesar Chavez Park, “Musical Steles” sculpture, Concord International School,
“South Park Vortext”, Marra Farm, Duwamish Trail, South Park Library, “South Park Lights” art piece,
Oromo Church, South Park Neighborhood Center, Duwamish Waterway Park

 

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