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Magnuson Park

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Magnuson Park or Warren G. Magnuson Park is a 350 acre park on Sand Point at Pontiac Bay along Lake Washington.  The park is the second largest in Seattle, after 534 acre Discovery Park in Magnolia.

The paved trails are wonderful for cycling, jogging, and pushing a stroller. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails; a gigantic off-leash area includes one of the few public beaches where pooches can swim. Farther south, on the mile-long shore, there’s a swimming beach, a seasonal wading pool, and a boat launch. The beachside park juts into Lake Washington northeast of the University District. Innovative art is threaded through the grounds, including Soundgarden, a series of aluminum tubes mounted to catch the wind and create flutelike music. The sculpture is in the northern part of the park, through the turnstile and across Moby Dick Bridge (embedded with quotes from Melville’s novel.  The park also features a “Kite Hill”, a large grassy man-made hill constructed in the 1980s.

Sports fields

The Sports Meadow, a 12 acre natural grass athletic field area, was developed in the early 1980s Five new athletic fields were opened in April 2009 southeast of the Meadow area.  The first three fields (all lit with synthetic turf) are primarily for rugby (field # 5) and soccer (# 6, 7). Later in in that year the baseball field (# 8, unlit) and softball field (# 9) to the south were completed, but were not opened until late 2010 to allow the natural grass outfields to mature. Runoff from the athletic fields feeds the wetlands area and restrictions on lighting were enacted; no late nights or Sundays.

Wetland restoration

Sand Point provides habitat for the second richest bird habitat of any park in Seattle, with 170 species reported. There are 30 acres of wetlands, including walking paths and observation points.


Magnuson Park is home to Seattle’s biggest playground, the Junior League of Seattle Children’s Playground, which was designed, developed and funded through the efforts of the Junior League of Seattle.   There are 20,000 square feet that includes colorful climbing walls, sand box, swings, slides and much more.

Directions by Bus

Metro bus routes 30, 74 and 75 serve the park along Sand Point Way N.E. Connections are in the University District (Routes 74 and 75) and Northgate (Route 75).  For schedules and route maps view the Metro online trip planner.

Directions by bike

If you are coming by bike the Burke-Gilman Trail is approximately ¼ mile west of Warren G. Magnuson Park. With a traffic signal and crosswalks, the N.E. 65th Street crossing is the safest point to enter the park. Once on the east side of Sand Point Way N.E. bicyclists can continue either east along N.E. 65th Street, or north along 62nd Avenue N.E. Please note that bicycle riding is limited to paved surfaces within Warren G. Magnuson Park. There are no designated bike trails in the park.  Go to  Burke-Gilman trail mapfor more detailed information or to biking at Warren G. Magnuson Park

Directions by Car

From State Route 520 (SR520):

  • Take the Montlake Boulevard exit (north) and continue north about 1 mile.
  • Bear to the right as Montlake Boulevard becomes NE 45th Street, continue past University Village Shopping Center.
  • Continue east through the NE 45th/Union Bay Place intersection. As the street bears to the left and north, it then becomes Sand Point Way NE.
  • Continue on Sand Point Way NE about 2 miles, you will pass Seattle Children’s Hospital and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue.

From Interstate 90 (I-90):

  • Take Interstate 5 north about and continue about 4.5 miles to Exit #169, NE 45th Street.
  • At the stoplight, turn right onto NE 45th Street and continue east about 1.5 miles, passing the University of Washington campus and heading down a steep hill.
  • At the bottom of the hill, turn left at the stoplight and continue east on NE 45th Street.
  • NE 45th Street will bear left and become Sand Point Way NE.
  • Continue on Sand Point Way NE about 2 miles, you will pass Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and Sand Point Village/Princeton Avenue.


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