Welcome to Park Preview!

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.

Blog Key

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.

Other Terms

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.

Finding Info

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.

Freeway Park is Now on the National Register of Historic Places

Freeway Park in Seattle was added to the National Register of Historic Places two months ago on December 19th, 2019.

That’s great news and is important for the future of the park, but I have to admit that reading about it gave me an odd feeling. I think of national historic places as being actually old, like buildings from the 1800s.

Freeway Park is still a sorta new park in my mind because I remember it being built when I was a teenager living in Edmonds. If it’s now historic that means I’m getting old!

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Five Years, Upgrades, Donations

Park Preview is just two months shy of its 5th anniversary and it finally happened. I ran out of space.

For 5 years my only costs for running this blog have been time and gas money, and an occasional admission or parking fee. But now the WordPress free ride has come to an end.

For those who don’t know how the WordPress blog platform works, anyone can sign up and run a blog for free. The catch is that ads not of your choosing appear on your posts and you only get 3 GB of storage space.

Text takes up almost no storage, but photos do. I reduce the resolution of my photos before uploading so they use less space, but the previews have 10-20 photos each on average so it all adds up eventually.

WordPress offers three paid plans, with each tier offering more storage space and more features. Currently the cheapest plan is $53 per year. ($48 plus tax.) With that plan you get your own unique domain name, 6 GB of storage, and the ads are removed.

I’ve always hated the hideous ads. But I couldn’t justify paying an annual fee to remove them when I’m low income and this blog is a labor of love, not a source of income. However, running out of storage space meant my only choices were to either pay up or stop adding new content. So I paid.

The benefit to my readers is you’ll no longer see those horrid ads on my posts. Yay!

The new domain name is: parkpreview.blog

It turns out that one of those predatory domain name resellers bought up parkpreview.com two years ago, which really ticks me off. Though I suppose it’s a compliment that statistics indicated my site was successful enough to bother with.

The .com extension is the most commonly used one, and thus the default when people try to find a website. Which is of course why I wanted to use it now, and why they registered it before I could. Those [expletive deleted] want me to pay $1900 to buy back my own name! Never gonna happen.

You don’t need to change browser bookmarks or email subscriptions to the new domain name. The old web address that includes WordPress in the name will continue to work just fine. But if you ever need to recommend this blog to anyone at least parkpreview.blog is a lot easier to remember and pass on. Yay!

For $53 per year I now have 6 GB of storage for all the photos. Hopefully the additional 3 GB will last me another 5 years before I’m faced with the decision to quit or pay $100 per year for even more storage. Yikes!

Even though I abhor asking anyone for money, I decided to add a donation button to the Park Preview sidebar anyway.

If you find my park information useful and feel so inclined, donating a dollar or two to go towards paying the annual fee to keep the blog going would be much appreciated. No pressure though! This blog remains a labor of love and I certainly do not expect payment.

And since we’re here, even though we’re two months early, I want to sincerely thank all of my subscribers for helping to make the first five years of this blog a success.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I posted my first park preview in March 2015. Things have evolved a lot since then, and sometimes gone in unexpected directions to keep things interesting for me. It has been a lot of fun. Here’s to another five years!

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