A guide to Seattle area parks with a special emphasis on accessibility and photography.
All previews have a Things to Know section and photos at the end if you’re just looking for quick facts and aren’t interested in the detailed descriptive information. Parking and admission is free at all areas previewed unless stated otherwise in the preview.
Type of Park
Viewpoint = The view is the main reason to visit.
Local = A park primarily used by people living or working in the surrounding area.
Trip = A park unique enough to warrant going out of your way to see.
Destination = A very large park, usually with a wide variety of attractions/activities. People come from all over the greater Seattle area to visit it.
Preview = A post about a specific location with full details and photos.
Tangent = A post usually related to parks, birds, or photography in some way, but not a preview.
On the Road = A post about a location outside of Seattle and its immediate suburbs.
Combo Outing = A section in some previews with suggestions of other nearby locations to visit on the same trip.
To find the type of park you’re looking for use the Categories section. For a list of all parks previewed so far use the Preview category. To find a park by name use the Search function. The Links section provides links to maps, city park pages, and a few blogs of interest.
All content, including all photographs, of the Park Preview Blog is copyrighted by the blog owner, except where otherwise noted. Do not use Park Preview content without permission.
King County parks are partly reopening today. The emphasis is for people to keep moving in the parks and on the trails. No congregating or group activities. One important thing is that restrooms will remain closed, so if you tend to get surprise emergencies due to medication or health issues you may want to hold off until toilets are available again.
The list of what is and isn’t open is complicated, so I’m just providing a link to the list on the King County website. That way you can check to see if your preferred activity is open.
Starting Friday, May 8th the handicapped parking spaces at Lincoln, Seward, Green Lake, and Magnuson Parks will be available to those with state placards or license plates. This is important because the parks have been completely inaccessible for people who require close parking because of physical limits. Hopefully the list will be expanded soon.
All regular parking is still closed at these parks and anyone without a handicapped parking pass must either walk or bike to them.
Governor Inslee and his health advisors have been working hard at formulating a plan for reopening the state using a phased approach. The idea is to restart activities and businesses that carry low risk as soon as possible, and then stagger subsequent reopenings based on the best advice from disease experts.
Starting on May 5th several options will be available to state residents for enjoying the outdoors that have been shut down for the last month or more.
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Thursday afternoon the City of Seattle announced that the major city parks will be completely closed this weekend. The closure begins Friday, April 10th at 11 pm. The parks will open again Monday, April 13th at 4:30 am.
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