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Favorite Eastside Parks

Clyde Hill Beach: a fun pirate ship playgroundOne of my favorite things about living in the Seattle area is the abundance of public parks!  After eight months of living here, there are still many that we haven't explored.  After dinner the other night, we did something fun as a family.  I did a search for parks on the GPS and found dozens within a three mile radius that we had never visited.  Other than the names of the parks, we knew nothing about where we were headed.    We just picked them at random and drove to them.  The word, "beach" seemed to sway our decisions though, since each park we visited had that word in the name.  It felt like an adventure, not having any idea what we would find.  We only made it to two that night, because they were both so fun that we stayed for quite some time at each.  Which means, that we can do this again soon.  There are still many more to explore.  Clyde Hill Beach: my favorite parks usually have boats to watchMeydenbauer Beach , BellevueMeydenbauer Beach Meydenbauer Beach: has roped off lanes for swimming lapsBelow, is Houghton Beach, which we visit often.  We love the sand and the lively atmposphere.  Though it does seem to have a lot of milfoil, so it's not the best for swimming. Houghton Beach, KirklandBelow, is our favorite eastside playground, at Grass Lawn park.  The only thing it's missing is a beach, but we love it anyway.  Grass Lawn Park, Redmond

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Reader Comments (14)

wow- look at that crazy merry-go-round....i feel dizzy just looking at it:)
these are some really beautiful pictures...you have really captured the essence, here:)
you daughter reminds me of myself when I was a young girl...

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrebecca- bending birches

what a great idea!

these parks look wonderful. and how poignant is it when your wee little girl no longer cares about the swings and slides ...

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah

i've been following your blog for a few years now and just recently grace seems so much older and more mature! exactly when does this happen!!!??? my oldest is 9.5 years...
you found some beautiful spots!

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

Michelle, Grace is eleven now and yes, she really does seem much older lately. It seems like she grew up a lot when we moved and she went to school.

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

What a great idea! I think my family might be trying some park exploring this weekend. Beautiful photos as well. Makes me miss the West Coast.

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterValerie at Mommy's Muse

Lovely are you live in. We have to drive about 20minutes to see a beach and by July it is filled with algae so it is not fit for swimming. Plus it has leeches. Grace's looks seem to be changing from little girl to young woman. Here it comes!

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Such great photos, I love the last one with that amazing merry-go-round. What a great idea to hit up all the parks. We went to a park for a birthday party this week. It was minutes from our house, but I hadn't ever investigated it because we already have our regulars. You've inspired me to check out all our local places. Never know what I might find.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter. tiny twist creative .

Love that first photo! :-) This is such a fun idea. From these pictures it would seem that your community is blessed with an abundance of incredibly beautiful public spaces.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristiane

Just great to have new adventures exploring new turf, cheers from New Zealand, Marie

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarie

My goodness- who are those ADORABLE children in the last photo? ;)

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I am assuming that sarah has an active interest in this photo record? I never did warm up to parks. Too tired, I think. And our parks are, honestly, kind of on the boring side. Add boats going by, and wonderful foot bridges over head and interesting equipment - and the smell and sound of a beach, and I might have perked right up.

Twelve really is the age when young girls begin to be young women. I am closing my eyes and remembering a world in which I was in charge of nothing, and perfectly welcome to sit on a park bench, writing a story.

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristenD

Kristen- Yes, Sarah's children are in that last photo....and they are adorable!

August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDawn

Love the last photo! Grace looks so grown up in the park bench. She is lovely.

August 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMariposa

Woooooow. I am "envious" of your parks. We have a few within like 15/20 miles, but none with such views! What a neat idea for a blog - great resource (& inspiration to get out and do something) to those in Seattle!

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. H

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