Matthews Beach Park is Seattle’s largest freshwater bathing beach. The beach and park is an exceptional location for family gatherings, especially for small children. Amenities include a nearby picnic area with grills, a children’s play area, basketball courts, a swimming raft and lifeguards on duty in the summer. Parking is available at the beach. Matthews Beach Park is located on the Burke-Gilman Trail so I find the park an ideal site as a spot for my luncheon and bathroom break on my bike ride (about 70 miles) from Redmond to Seattle.
Matthews Beach Park History
The park is named for pioneer John G. Matthews, who had his homestead on the site in the 1880’s. The Burke-Gilman Trail was once the site of the tracks of the Northern Pacific Railroad. In the 1940’s, the area south of the main beach was the site of Pan American World Airways’ offices, and the dock for Pan American’s “Clipper Ships”- the world’s first amphibious commercial air transports over the ocean. The City purchased the first ten acres of Matthews Beach in 1951.
Matthew Beach Park Location
Address: 49th Ave NE & NE 93rd St, 98118
June 21 – September 1, 2014
Weekdays: Noon-7 pm; Weekends: 11 am -7 pm
Connected to Burke-Gilman Trail
Children’s play area
If you are coming from the north.
Take I-5 North to Lake City Way NE (HWY 522)
Head northeast for 1.6 miles
turn right on NE 95TH ST for 1.3 miles
Turn right on Sand Point Way NE for 0.1 miles
Bear left on NE 93RD ST
If you are coming from the south
Take I-5 South to Northgate Way
Turn right on Lake City Way
Turn Left on NE 95th
Turn right on Sand Point Way NE
Bear left on NE 93rd St