Columbia Park

Columbia Park is located at 4721 Rainier Ave S, 98118. It is 2 acres in size.

Columbia Park was platted in 1891 and incorporated a ravine draining into Wetmore Slough (now Genesee Park) and Lake Washington. The park plat originally included the property that is now Rainier Playfield. One year later, the county vacated the property east of present-day Rainier Ave, allowing that corridor to undergo rail and street improvements.

The area west of Rainier Ave, today’s Columbia Park, became part of the Seattle park system in 1907 through annexation of Columbia City, a thriving sawmill town near Lake Washington.  In 1909 Olmsted Brothers wrote, “The park tract is broken by a ravine with a brook which will afford an opportunity for improvement along lines out of the ordinary.” A Carnegie Library was built on the site in 1914.  What today remains of the park is a pastoral, iconic “village green.”

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