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On the Hunt for Seattle's Hidden Urban Oases

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In Seattle, we are lucky to have many spectacular pocket parks where you feel as though you have truly escaped the city - if only you know where to look. Walking around Seattle on a sunny afternoon, Iooking for an escape from the hot summer sun, it's surprising just how many hidden spots our city offers.

The following parks allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, take in the fresh fragrance of flowers in bloom, eat lunch while enjoying a view of the mountains, or go for a hike in the middle of the forest while still being in the middle of the city.

Fremont Peak Park is a true neighborhood secret. This little gem overlooks Lake Union and the Olympics, and as a local commented, it is a fabulous place to enjoy the sunset.


Saint Mark's Green Belt is the perfect example of an urban oasis - offering a quiet escape from the city while still being completely surrounded by it! Literally built as a buffer between I-5 and Capitol Hill, this park offers secluded hiking trails, including wooden bridges passing over streams. In spite of its location next to a freeway, you are greeted with complete silence while making your way down the trail.


Located just adjacent to Saint Mark's Greenbelt is Streissguth Gardens. This one acre park offers gardens surrounding the East Blaine Street stairway and is family-maintained. A visit to these lush public gardens is a must where you will be surrounded by hundreds of trees, shrubs and plants with a view over Lake Union and beyond.


Louisa Boren Lookout offers a serene view of the Cascades and Lake Washington and provides a nice alternative to Volunteer Park. Hiking trails make their way down the steep hillside below into endless verdure.


Entering Parsons Gardens will make you feel like Colin Craven discovering your own secret garden for the first time. When this park is not used for weddings, it usually escapes the notice of passersby.


Bhy Kracke Park is the less-visited and more intricate version of Kerry Park, greeting you with a winding path passing through ivy tunnels up a steep hill revealing incredible views of downtown and Lake Union.


So go out and start exploring all the hidden gems Seattle offers! Here's a map to get you started...
· All Outdoors Week coverage [CS] Written by Alyssa Campbell

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1. Fremont Peak Park

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4357 Palatine Avenue North, Seattle
Washington 98103, États-Unis

This quirky park with jaw-dropping views of the Puget Sound and the Olympics is a relatively new park, designed by Marieke Lacasse of GGLO Architects. It has been recognized as one of the 45-best public art projects in the US.

2. Streissguth Gardens

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1640 Broadway East, Seattle
Washington 98102, États-Unis

This one-acre stairway climb and hillside garden in Capitol Hill offers a refuge in this otherwise busy neighborhood. The gardens have been transformed over the past 40 years into a springtime paradise with the personal care of the Streissguth family.

3. Parsons Gardens

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7th Avenue West & West Highland Drive, Seattle
Washington 98119, États-Unis

This little pocket park used to be the private family gardens of Reginald H. Parsons but was donated by his children as a memorial to the public. Get away from the tourists frequenting Kerry Park and come and relax in your own little corner of Seattle taking in the smells of fresh flowers and verdant grass surrounding you.

4. St. Mark's Greenbelt

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1500 Lakeview Boulevard East, Seattle
Washington 98102, États-Unis

Nearly three acres of forests and trails awaits you at St. Mark's Greenbelt, a buffer of trees separating Capitol Hill from the noise of I-5. This park was put into place as a result of the city's Green Space Policy to preserve green space around Seattle.

5. Louisa Boren Park

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1555 15th Avenue East, Seattle
Washington 98112, États-Unis
(206) 684-4075
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Instead of going to Volunteer Park, give Louisa Boren Park a try the next time you are wandering around Capitol Hill! A jogging trail winds its way through the park up to an inspiring viewpoint overlooking the Cascades.

6. Bhy Kracke Park

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1215 5th Avenue North, Seattle
Washington 98109, États-Unis

One of Queen Anne's best kept secrets! This park is located on a steep slope, with expansive views overlooking downtown, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. A steep path aligned with ivy, azaleas, and rhododendrons leads the way to a children's playground. This park was named and inspired after the designs of Bhy Kracke, a man who lived on the upper lot of what is now the park.

7. Waterfall Garden Park

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219 2nd Avenue North, Seattle
Washington 98109, États-Unis
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8. Harborview Park

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779 Alder Street, Seattle
Washington 98104, États-Unis
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9. McCurdy Park

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2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle
Washington 98112, États-Unis
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10. Ella Bailey Park

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2601 West Smith Street, Seattle
Washington 98199, États-Unis
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11. Kobe Terrace Park

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650 South Main Street, Seattle
Washington 98104, États-Unis
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1. Fremont Peak Park

4357 Palatine Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98103, États-Unis

This quirky park with jaw-dropping views of the Puget Sound and the Olympics is a relatively new park, designed by Marieke Lacasse of GGLO Architects. It has been recognized as one of the 45-best public art projects in the US.

4357 Palatine Avenue North, Seattle
Washington 98103, États-Unis

2. Streissguth Gardens

1640 Broadway East, Seattle, Washington 98102, États-Unis

This one-acre stairway climb and hillside garden in Capitol Hill offers a refuge in this otherwise busy neighborhood. The gardens have been transformed over the past 40 years into a springtime paradise with the personal care of the Streissguth family.

1640 Broadway East, Seattle
Washington 98102, États-Unis

3. Parsons Gardens

7th Avenue West & West Highland Drive, Seattle, Washington 98119, États-Unis

This little pocket park used to be the private family gardens of Reginald H. Parsons but was donated by his children as a memorial to the public. Get away from the tourists frequenting Kerry Park and come and relax in your own little corner of Seattle taking in the smells of fresh flowers and verdant grass surrounding you.

7th Avenue West & West Highland Drive, Seattle
Washington 98119, États-Unis

4. St. Mark's Greenbelt

1500 Lakeview Boulevard East, Seattle, Washington 98102, États-Unis

Nearly three acres of forests and trails awaits you at St. Mark's Greenbelt, a buffer of trees separating Capitol Hill from the noise of I-5. This park was put into place as a result of the city's Green Space Policy to preserve green space around Seattle.

1500 Lakeview Boulevard East, Seattle
Washington 98102, États-Unis

5. Louisa Boren Park

1555 15th Avenue East, Seattle, Washington 98112, États-Unis

Instead of going to Volunteer Park, give Louisa Boren Park a try the next time you are wandering around Capitol Hill! A jogging trail winds its way through the park up to an inspiring viewpoint overlooking the Cascades.

1555 15th Avenue East, Seattle
Washington 98112, États-Unis

6. Bhy Kracke Park

1215 5th Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98109, États-Unis

One of Queen Anne's best kept secrets! This park is located on a steep slope, with expansive views overlooking downtown, South Lake Union, and Capitol Hill. A steep path aligned with ivy, azaleas, and rhododendrons leads the way to a children's playground. This park was named and inspired after the designs of Bhy Kracke, a man who lived on the upper lot of what is now the park.

1215 5th Avenue North, Seattle
Washington 98109, États-Unis

7. Waterfall Garden Park

219 2nd Avenue North, Seattle, Washington 98109, États-Unis
[Photo credit]
219 2nd Avenue North, Seattle
Washington 98109, États-Unis

8. Harborview Park

779 Alder Street, Seattle, Washington 98104, États-Unis
[Photo credit]
779 Alder Street, Seattle
Washington 98104, États-Unis

9. McCurdy Park

2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle, Washington 98112, États-Unis
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2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle
Washington 98112, États-Unis

10. Ella Bailey Park

2601 West Smith Street, Seattle, Washington 98199, États-Unis
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2601 West Smith Street, Seattle
Washington 98199, États-Unis

11. Kobe Terrace Park

650 South Main Street, Seattle, Washington 98104, États-Unis
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650 South Main Street, Seattle
Washington 98104, États-Unis