On Valentine’s Day my fiancé and I adopted a dog. His name is Rupert and thanks to him (and to the fact that we live in an apartment downtown), we have been spending our Spring out and about, exploring some of Seattle’s fantastic urban parks.
Many of you might not know that there are over 400 parks in Seattle that are maintained by Seattle Parks and Recreation. Even still, you might not know that Seattle park pioneer John C. Olmsted’s (1852 -1920) goal for the city was that at any point in Seattle, you should not be more than one mile away from a park or playground! That gives you plenty of options to get outside this Spring. Here are some of Rupert’s favorite places to romp.
Living in Belltown means that Rupert gets to visit the Olympic Sculpture Park and Myrtle Edwards Park multiple times a week, the lucky dog. The Olympic Sculpture Park is operated by the Seattle Art Museum and is home to some amazing pieces of art that have come to define the Seattle skyline. This park is very unique and definitely worth checking out if you’re in town.
Myrtle Edwards Park is just below the Olympic Sculpture Park and offers a long, flat waterfront walk along Elliott Bay. This is a great place for picnics in the summer and has a small beach area where Rupert likes to swim for sticks. There is also a foot bridge from the Myrtle Edwards pathway that leads into the Queen Anne neighborhood, perfect if you want to walk up to Buckley’s for a beer on the patio with your pooch.
Discovery Park is one of my all-time favorite parks in Seattle. Located in the Magnolia neighborhood, the mix of landscapes, from open fields, cliff-side views, wooded trails and sandy beaches, is just incredible. For all these reasons, this is also a great park for dogs. It offers fields to run through, trails to hike up and water to swim in. Not to mention, rabbits to chase and sand for Rupert to kick.
On Capitol Hill lies one of the best metropolitan reprieves in Seattle, Volunteer Park. Once the home to the original Seattle Art Museum, now home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park is the perfect place for an urban picnic or a quiet stroll. Built in 1912 and designed by John Olmsted himself, the Volunteer Park Conservatory is also a must see for all nature lovers. For $4 you can tour the Conservatory and check out the amazing collection of native and exotic blooms inside. This spot is a real Seattle landmark and truly worth the time and little money to experience.
As I mentioned before, there are hundreds of Seattle parks to explore, with or without dogs. Which is your favorite?