Broadway Off The Beaten Path
Fairview Park and Community Garden
Running along the edge of Lake Union and crammed between the lake, a residential section of Fairview Avenue, and a housing development, this park includes quite a lot for a narrow strip of land.
The most unique is the community garden section, which is located east of Fairview Avenue and south of the picnic lawn and tables. This area is a community garden but also a public space. The official rules are fairly simple and are publicly posted:
+ "Please come in and enjoy this organic garden sanctuary"
+ "Your neighbors lovingly care for the spaces in this garden"
+ "The produce and flowers grown here belong to the gardeners. Please don't pick anything or disturb the garden"
+ "If you want to garden here or any other community garden in Seattle, call #684-0264"
With these simple rules, and with a very large set of windows overlooking the community garden and thus always some might be watching, an honor system for public enjoyment of the space plus those using the community garden is employed. As to how well this works in practice I have no idea, other than it is a bit of a switch from the gated and locked community gardens found in some places.
The sidewalk along the road on the east side is a traditional straight shot. However, a different tack was made when the one on the west side of the road along the lake was made. Here, the sidewalk actually meanders a bit, allowing for some creative use of non-walkway space for benches, trees, plantings and other things.
The small craft launching area is approximately across the street from the open picnic area, which is towards the north end of the park.
The public shore area is towards the south end of the park. If you go too far south in the public shore area you will find a fench that states that the dock is private property and therefore the public is not allowed past the gate. The public shore line area is likely to be overtaken soon as the area between the shore line and the lake is overtaken with floating homes. So, enjoy it while it lasts.
While the road through the middle of the park is Fairview Avenue East, it is primarily residential and local traffic only, creating a reasonably quiet park area. The noise of Interstate 5 and Eastlake are fairly muffled from here.
How to Get Here:
The park isn't too far from bus routes 70, and this is probably your best bet as parking in the area is extremely limited. The official address is 2900 Fairview Avenue East, Seattle, Washington.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
South Passage Point Park: Under the...
Unfortunately, South Passage Point Park could be a really great park as it is slightly off of most major thoroughfares and thus could be a nice, quiet park with a few of the water and occasional boat traffic.
The park is, alas, actually located directly beneath the Interstate 5 bridge over the Lake Washington Ship Canal and thus a horrific racket is constantly raining down on the park.
There are some decent sized trees plus picnic tables and a short paved walkway. The park sits on a fairly steep slope and thus many of the walkways contain stairs or are very steeply sloped. It is a good place to watch the ship canal traffic, and could be a decent place to put in hand-carried watercraft though there doesn't appear to be a dedicated location for doing this at the park.
How to Get Here: Parking is nearby but appears to be occupied most of the time due to nearby commercial and residential properties. I suggest taking the bus, as the park is close to a number of bus routes including the very frequent #70 between the University of Washington and downtown Seattle.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
Eastlake Bouledrome (Pétanque Court)
Another of the small lake front parks along Lake Union and this lesser used portion of Fairview Avenue, the primary feature of this park is to contain the Eastlake Bouledrome. The rules for playing Pétanque (related to lawn bowling and bocce) are posted in the park at the Bouledrome, but I won't go into that here. If you are wanting to play this game somewhere on the east side of Lake Union, however, here is your location!
There is a single parking place in the park.
Along with the Bouledrome, there are small bushes and a gravel trail that runs along the edge of Lake Union. A single park bench, of a unique reversible design so that it may face Lake Union or the Bouledrome, is also located in the park.
There really isn't too much else to this little park.
How to Get Here Nearest major throughfare is Eastlake Blvd, while this section of Fairview Avenue is narrow and difficult to park on. Nearest bus route is on Eastlake, one of which is the frequent #70 between downtown Seattle and the University of Washington.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
- Budget Travel