Denny-Blaine, Lakeview, & Viretta Parks Walking Tour

Learn about Olmsted’s vision for Lake Washington Boulevard as it climbed the slope toward Washington Park, and view some early neighborhood parks established in 1901 with the platting of a new subdivision.  We will also visit the Bush School’s oldest building and a couple of estates designed by Olmsted. The tour will begin and end at Denny-Blaine Park, situated on the shore of Lake Washington, and from there ascend along Lake Washington Boulevard to Lakeview Park, continuing on to Viretta Park before returning to our starting point.

Meet in the parking lot at Denny-Blaine Park at 10am.

2014 Walking Tour Schedule

Our walking tours are free and open to the public. There is no need to register, just meet us at the starting point at 10:00 a.m. This year we hope to continue on to nearby coffee shops to continue the conversation started on the tour while we rest our feet. Email FSOP at if you have any questions.

Hope to see you there!

2014 Schedule

May 17th
Schmitz Park
Meet at the intersection of 58th Ave. SW and SW Stevens St., near Alki Elementary.

June 21st
Hiawatha Playfield
Meet at the park entrance near Walnut Ave. SW and SW Forest St.

August 16th
Colman Park and Mt. Baker Park
Meet at parking lot near intersection of Lakeside Ave. S and Lake Washington Blvd. S.

September 20th
Lakeview Park
Meet at the intersection of E Harrison St. and Lake Washington Blvd. E.

Black and white photo of school-age kids playing, standing and sitting on lawn interspersed with trees.
Hiawatha Park, 1925. Photo by Asahel Curtis. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 64050.

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