From a heated outdoor saltwater pool to an overnight stay in a rustic cabin, West Seattle’s parks offer outdoor enthusiasts myriad ways to get out and play. Discover the neighborhood’s many parks, trails and beaches. There is something for everyone!
ALKI BEACH PARK
1702 Alki Ave. SW
Picture a perfect summer day, and chances are your thoughts will take you to Alki Beach Park—a long beach strip that runs from Alki Point to Duwamish Head on Elliott Bay. It’s a great spot for a 2.5-mile walk any time of year. The summer draws joggers, rollerbladers, volleyball players, beachcombers, sunbathers, bicyclists and strollers out to enjoy the sun.
5817 SW Lander St
Alki Playfield adjoins the Alki Elementary School and Alki Community Center. The park features a basketball court, play area accessible to youngsters with disabilities, restrooms, soccer fields, softball fields and tennis courts.
BELVEDERE VIEWPOINT PARK
3600 Admiral Way SW
It’s small, but the Belvedere Viewpoint really packs a view. One of the city’s most popular sites for scenic photos, the park offers a stunning view of Elliott Bay, Downtown Seattle, and—on a clear day—the Cascade Mountains and Mt. Rainier. Divided in two on either side of Admiral Way, the east side features a totem pole depicting stylized beavers, fish, and frogs.
5200 35th Ave. SW
One of Seattle’s best-kept secrets, this 68-acre park offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy nature, hike in the forest, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb and learn about natural history. Rental facilities include a lodge with one meeting room and kitchen space, 10 cabins, two covered picnic areas, group fire ring and climbing rock.
4458 Delridge Way SW
This 14-acre park includes a children’s play area, picnic tables, tennis courts and a wading pool. The park’s community center offers classes and programs for individuals of all ages, including cooking classes, before and after school programs, and piano and dance lessons. The center also houses a fitness room.
DON ARMENI PARK AND BOAT LAUNCH
Located on Harbor Avenue and Maryland Street south of the Duwamish Head, Don Armeni is Seattle’s most popular saltwater boat ramp. Its close proximity to favorite fishing spots on the south end of Marine Area 10 makes it a popular ramp for fishing boats during salmon season.
EMMA SCHMITZ OVERLOOK
4503 Beach Dr SW
One of Seattle’s stunning viewpoints, Emma Schmitz Overlook is a great place to stroll, jog, or sit and gaze across the water at the Olympic Mountains.
5400 Fauntleroy Way SW
Fairmount Playfield is next to Fairmount Park Elementary School. It has a soccer and softball field as well as a children’s play area. The shelter house is decorated with a Native American mural painted by local teens.
3951 SW Barton St
Grab your pup and head for the woods. Fauntleroy Park is a densely wooded patch of forest in West Seattle with a network of trails and paths—great for wandering, hiking, and dog walking.
2700 California Avenue SW
Located adjacent to West Seattle High School, in the heart of West Seattle’s vibrant Admiral District, Hiawatha Playfields feature full athletic fields including track, baseball field, soccer/football field and tennis courts that are used jointly by the Hiawatha Community Center and West Seattle High School. The park also includes a wading pool, trails, swings, picnic tables, benches and a lovely grassy hill.
HIGHLAND PARK PLAYFIELD
1100 SW Cloverdale St
With views of Mt. Rainier to the southeast and the Cascade Range to the east, Highland Park is a beautiful place to relax, enjoy a picnic, or splash in the wading pool. Park features include ball fields, a shelter house, swings, tennis court and children’s play area.
2805 SW Holden St.
E.C. Hughes playground includes ballfields, a children’s play area, and a view of Mount Rainier to the south.
8011 Fauntleroy Way SW
Lincoln Park is one of Seattle’s largest parks. It's 135 acres of open space provide a broad range of landscape types and a rich variety of recreational opportunities. Features include tennis courts, ball fields, horse-shoe pits, children’s play areas, waterfront access, public shelters, a wading pool and the Colman Pool, a heated outdoor, salt-water pool.
LOWMAN BEACH PARK
7017 Beach Dr SW
Just north of Lincoln Park, this small park includes 300 feet of shoreline to explore, as well as tennis courts, a children’s area and spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains, Alki Point, and William’s Point.
4503 Beach Dr. SW
Most of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park stretches up a hillside and extends north and farther south on land that is largely undeveloped. The dense trees provide habitat for many birds, including screech owls. Immediately across the street is a rocky beach that is accessible during low tide. The tidepools here are rich in limpets, lumpsuckers, blennies, chitons and other strangely-named creatures of the sea.
ME-KWA-MOOKS NATURAL AREA
4100 Aikins Ave SW
More than 3.5 acres have been preserved at the Me-Kwa-Mooks Natural Area, which extends both north and south of Me-Kwa-Mooks Park in West Seattle.
SW Roxbury St
Roxhill Park is the headwaters of Longfellow Creek and possibly Fauntleroy Creek. The park features a children’s play area and picnic tables. Restoration of the wetland has improved water quality and steady water flow to Longfellow Creek, enhancing the creek and improving salmon habitat.
SCHMITZ PRESERVE PARK
5551 SW Admiral Way
Schmitz Preserve was donated to the city in pieces between 1908 and 1912 and, aside from a paved entrance and parking lot, has remained virtually unchanged ever since. The perfect place for quiet contemplation, the park is home to wildlife such as foxes, eagles, falcons, opossums and raccoons.
SEACREST BOATHOUSE AND PIER
1660 Harbor Ave SW
Located next to the Don Armeni Boat Ramp, Seacrest Boathouse and Pier is accessible by boat on Elliott Bay. The Boathouse rents kayaks and other human-powered watercraft, and the pier is a popular spot for fishing. The Boathouse is also the home of Marination Ma-Kai, a favorite local restaurant.
SOUTHWEST COMMUNITY CENTER
2801 SW Thistle St., 98126
Grab your bathing suit and head for the 4,000 square-foot pool at the Southwest Community Center. The center also features a 2,880 square-foot multi-purpose room, teen center, computer room and a 7,000 square-foot gymnasium. The center offers a variety of programs including childcare and summer camp, and space is available for community events, meetings and rentals.
WEST CREST PARK AND OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
9000 8th Ave SW
This 80-plus-acre park features a view platform with a panoramic view of the city skyline, four miles of trails, picnic area and a children’s play area. In addition, there is a four-acre off-leash dog park with doggie drinking fountain, shade trees and lots of open space for Rover to romp and play.