If you’re athletic, biking, walking or jogging along Seward Park Drive from Beer Sheva to Seward park is a nice outing. There are four parks plus the Rainier Beach Urban Farm along the coast of Lake Washington that can be explored in a single walk, jog or bike ride.
Park at Beer Sheva, where they have a boat launch, bathroom and nice playground. From there you can walk through the park walk and north through a little neighborhood along 55th Ave. until you get to Cloverdale. Take a right down Cloverdale and on the right side of the road you’ll see the sign for the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. If you’re there on a Saturday, be sure to stop by the Urban Farm for one of their Weekly Drop-in Work Parties from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On the left side of the road, look for the blue ‘leash and scoop law sign’. That’s the entrance for the Pritchard Beach Wetland walk path. It’s truly a hidden gem in the South End. As long as there are no sirens blaring down Rainier Ave., you can almost forget where you are as you walk down this scenic path, across the wooden bridge and to the amphitheater. Don’t forget to look for ducks enjoying the quiet sanctuary of the pond that the amphitheater overlooks. For more information about this park, read this article in the Seattle Times. There is a suggested alternate route.
At this point, you can leave the wetlands and enjoy the scenic beach park, then turn around and head back to Beer Sheva. If you’re up for a long walk or jog, follow the sidewalk along the parking lot. It will lead you up to the road and a sidewalk. It’s a steep walk up Grattan St., but not for long.
Follow Grattan up to Seward Park Drive and follow it for a little over a mile to S. Holly St. At Holly, you can take a right and head down to Martha Washington Park. This park is a hidden gem, easily overlooked. Like the Pritchard Beach wetlands, it is a secluded sanctuary. There are beach areas, a field and a walk path.
If you’re up for the full two mile walk, keep following Seward Park to S. Junau St. and then turn right. You will find Seward Park and all it has to offer. They have an Environmental and Audubon Center with many activities for the whole family. This park easily has the best playground in the area as well as lots of activities for kids. Check out their website for more of their events.
Seward Park itself has a two mile walk and bike path around the outer edge. There are also many trails throughout the heart of the Park. This is a dog friendly park. If you take your dogs, you’re sure to run into plenty of other dog walkers. The beach area on the northernmost beach area of the peninsula is a favorite of dogs and their owners. You’ll see many dogs off leash there, but there is a leash law throughout the park.