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Green Lake Park

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Green Lake is one of Seattle's most beloved parks. Its expanse of water and green space in the center of a dense urban neighborhood draws thousands of people daily from all over the city. The park serves as a natural preserve for hundreds of species of trees and plants, as well as numerous birds and waterfowl. The newly reconstructed 2.8-mile path around the lake provides a perfect recreational spot for runners, bikers, skaters and walkers. Many others use the athletic fields or visit the park for boating, picnics and swimming. Also, make sure to visit the Green Lake Small Craft Center.


Green Lake's Formation

Geologists say the Vashon Glacial Ice Sheet, which also formed Puget Sound and other area lakes, formed Green Lake 50,000 years ago. Dredgings of Green Lake have produced volcanic ash from an eruption of Glacier Peak that occurred about 6,700 years ago.

Green Lake Park

The lake was included in the Olmsted Brothers' comprehensive parks plan, and was given to the City by the State of Washington in 1905. Green Lake underwent a series of changes over the next 15 years- it was diked, dredged and filled until it shrunk by nearly 100 acres! The last fill deposited in Green Lake was from the excavation of Aurora Avenue.

In more recent times, Green Lake has suffered from stagnation and pollution problems, as well as algae blooms. Milfoil and swimmers itch (caused by parasites from waterfowl) are still a consideration for those who swim in the lake.

The Green Lake Path The path has been recently reconstructed in the same basic configuration as the previous path. The new path includes a 5 1/2 feet crushed granite trail closest to the lake for walkers and joggers, and a 13 1/2 foot asphalt path for wheeled users and walkers.


  • Basketball (Full)
  • Guarded Beach
  • Boat Launch (Hand Carry)
  • Community Center
  • Fishing
  • Pool (Indoor)
  • Rental Facility
  • Restrooms
  • Tennis Court (Outdoor)
  • Paths
  • Wading Pool or Water Feature
  • Waterfront
  • Woods
  • Restrooms (ADA Compliant)
  • Play Area (ADA Compliant)
  • Paths (ADA Compliant)
  • Soccer
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Golf

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Hours:24 Hours


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