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Exercise equipment at Hing Hay Park in the International District.
Sarah Anne Lloyd

15 Seattle parks with outdoor exercise equipment

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Exercise equipment at Hing Hay Park in the International District.
| Sarah Anne Lloyd

Just because you’re not a kid doesn’t mean there’s not a play structure for you in Seattle’s parks. In many parks—often right next to the standard playground—there’s some standalone fitness equipment so adults can work some energy off, too.

To be clear, we’re not just talking about the standard playfield running track—although there’s nothing too elaborate here, either. Most have things like pull-up and parallel bars. An elliptical, weight stack, or rowing machine can be found here and there, too. They’re designed to withstand the outdoors, so they’re not exactly what you’d find in a Gold’s—but they’re a little bit more like playground equipment, which is totally more fun, right?

Better yet, these pockets of gym let you get outside. Which might not be the best in the scorching heat or the pouring rain, but feels wonderful when the weather’s nice.

We found 15 of these parks, mapped here from north to south.

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1. Hubbard Homestead

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11203 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
(206) 684-4075
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While it’s more known for its skate park, Hubbard Homestead Park also has some exercise equipment, including sit-up benches and pull-up bars.

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2. University Playground

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4745 9th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 684-4075
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A playground for all ages, University Playground has a set of static fitness equipment, including pull-up and push-up bars.

3. Montlake Community Center

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1618 E Calhoun St
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 684-4736
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In addition to a kids’ playground, the area surrounding Montlake Community Center features some fitness equipment, including an elliptical and strength training equipment. The inside also has fitness classes sometimes, but they’re a little less free.

4. Centennial Park Exercise Station

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Elliott Bay Trail
Seattle, WA 98119

This Port of Seattle-run park just past Myrtle Edwards has a collection of pull-up and parallel bars right by the rose garden.

5. Powell Barnett Park

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352 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 684-4075
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Powell Barnett doesn’t just have one of Seattle’s coolest playgrounds. It also has a collection of exercise equipment, including strength training and an elliptical.

6. Hing Hay Park

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423 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 684-4075
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If you can’t make a dance class at Hing Hay, you can still get moving—exercise equipment is along the yellow wall lining the park.

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7. Sam Smith Park

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1400 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 684-4075
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If you can’t reserve a tennis court in this I-90 lid park, you can still get sweaty on some exercise equipment. It’s also known as part of the bike path to the I-90 bridge.

8. Atlantic Street Park

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1501 21st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 684-4075
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Just off the playground at this north Beacon Hill park there’s a few stacks of fitness equipment, including assistance for stretching, a small cycle, and some strength training equipment.

9. Hiawatha Playfield

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2700 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 684-4075
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Hiawatha has plenty of sporty stuff—a running track, tennis courts, a playfield—but there’s also a collection of fitness equipment, including an elliptical and parallel bars.

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10. Delridge Playfield

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4458 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106
(206) 684-4075
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Can’t get a soccer game started? Delridge Playfield around Delridge Community Center has a selection of exercise equipment, including an elliptical and a rowing machine.

11. Georgetown Playfield

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750 S Homer St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 684-4075
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Equipment at Georgetown Playfield includes a rowing machine and a stationary bike.

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12. Bataan Park

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This High Point park has eight pieces of exercise equipment surrounding the playground, including leg presses and ellipticals.

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13. John C. Little, Sr. Park

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6961 37th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 684-4075
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This park by the mixed-income New Holly development has both ellipticals and rowing machines.

14. Van Asselt Community Center

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2802 S Myrtle St
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 386-1921
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This Beacon Hill park has a variety of equipment, including ellipticals and parallel bars.

15. Rainier Beach Playfield

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8802 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 684-4075
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This playfield, in addition to being, well, a playfield, has a fitness zone with an elliptical and benches.

1. Hubbard Homestead

11203 5th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

While it’s more known for its skate park, Hubbard Homestead Park also has some exercise equipment, including sit-up benches and pull-up bars.

11203 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

2. University Playground

4745 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

A playground for all ages, University Playground has a set of static fitness equipment, including pull-up and push-up bars.

4745 9th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

3. Montlake Community Center

1618 E Calhoun St, Seattle, WA 98112

In addition to a kids’ playground, the area surrounding Montlake Community Center features some fitness equipment, including an elliptical and strength training equipment. The inside also has fitness classes sometimes, but they’re a little less free.

1618 E Calhoun St
Seattle, WA 98112

4. Centennial Park Exercise Station

Elliott Bay Trail, Seattle, WA 98119

This Port of Seattle-run park just past Myrtle Edwards has a collection of pull-up and parallel bars right by the rose garden.

Elliott Bay Trail
Seattle, WA 98119

5. Powell Barnett Park

352 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Seattle, WA 98122

Powell Barnett doesn’t just have one of Seattle’s coolest playgrounds. It also has a collection of exercise equipment, including strength training and an elliptical.

352 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Seattle, WA 98122

6. Hing Hay Park

423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
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If you can’t make a dance class at Hing Hay, you can still get moving—exercise equipment is along the yellow wall lining the park.

423 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

7. Sam Smith Park

1400 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

If you can’t reserve a tennis court in this I-90 lid park, you can still get sweaty on some exercise equipment. It’s also known as part of the bike path to the I-90 bridge.

1400 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98144

8. Atlantic Street Park

1501 21st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144

Just off the playground at this north Beacon Hill park there’s a few stacks of fitness equipment, including assistance for stretching, a small cycle, and some strength training equipment.

1501 21st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144

9. Hiawatha Playfield

2700 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Hiawatha has plenty of sporty stuff—a running track, tennis courts, a playfield—but there’s also a collection of fitness equipment, including an elliptical and parallel bars.

2700 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

10. Delridge Playfield

4458 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Can’t get a soccer game started? Delridge Playfield around Delridge Community Center has a selection of exercise equipment, including an elliptical and a rowing machine.

4458 Delridge Way SW
Seattle, WA 98106

11. Georgetown Playfield

750 S Homer St, Seattle, WA 98108

Equipment at Georgetown Playfield includes a rowing machine and a stationary bike.

750 S Homer St
Seattle, WA 98108

12. Bataan Park

Seattle, WA 98126

This High Point park has eight pieces of exercise equipment surrounding the playground, including leg presses and ellipticals.

13. John C. Little, Sr. Park

6961 37th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This park by the mixed-income New Holly development has both ellipticals and rowing machines.

6961 37th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

14. Van Asselt Community Center

2802 S Myrtle St, Seattle, WA 98108

This Beacon Hill park has a variety of equipment, including ellipticals and parallel bars.

2802 S Myrtle St
Seattle, WA 98108

15. Rainier Beach Playfield

8802 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This playfield, in addition to being, well, a playfield, has a fitness zone with an elliptical and benches.

8802 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118