There are several Seattle parks in Mount Baker especially since we define Mt. Baker neighborhood as extending as far as Genesee Street which would include Stan Sayers Memorial Park and Genesee Park in the neighborhood. Below is a brief description of three Seattle parks in Mount Baker:
Mount Baker Park
Mount Baker Park gently slopes down from South McClellan Street towards Colman Park and the Mount Baker Beach on Lake Washington. The 22 acre park includes play structures for children to play with on its upper south end. As the park heads down towards the lake there are outdoor tennis courts with lighting to play past sundown. There are also paths to stroll along under the trees towards the lake and the beach area which includes a parking area, restrooms, and a long dock that stretches out into Lake Washington. This also marks the beginning of Lake Washington Boulevard Park where there is a both a dirt trail and a cement walkway along the shores of Lake Washington that stretches about a 3.5 mile along the lake until you get to Seward Park.
Colman Park (including Mount Baker Beach)
Colman Park was originally the site of the pumping plant that supplied the city with water starting in the 1880’s. Back then the location was considered very remote. Mr. Colman was a Seattle engineer who fixed the plant in the 1880’s after engineers from the East (east meaning east coast of U.S.) were unable to fix it. In 1907 the area became a park with land being added over the next several years. The land leading down to the lake was named in Mr. Colman’s honor in 1910 after he passed away. The 24.3 acre park includes a windy road that goes down the hillside from 31st Avenue towards the Mount Baker Beach which is considered part of the park. The beach features grass areas, restrooms, a dock and parking. It is a popular gathering place in the summer time. It also where Colman Park meets Mount Baker Park and the beginning of Lake Washington Boulevard Park where there is a trail that winds between Lake Washington and Lake Washington Boulevard for nearly 3.5 miles until you get to Seward Park.
Lake Washington Boulevard Park
Lake Washington Boulevard Park begins at Colman Park and stretches 3.5 miles between Lake Washington Boulevard and Lake Washington ending at Seward Park and continues through several Seattle neighborhoods including Mount Baker, Lakewood, and Seward Park. The “park” connects parks such as Colman Park, Stan Sayer Memorial Park and others on the way to Seward Park (the actual park rather than just the neighborhood). The park is for the most part a somewhat narrow strip of grass land (maybe three to four times wider than a normal parking strip in most places) that slopes down from the street to the lake that includes both a dirt trail near the lake and a cement pathway closer to the street. The entire Lake Washington Boulevard feels like a park at times although in reality it is an arterial. The Boulevard seems like a park because of the park and Lake Washington on the east of the road but also because for the most part on the west side of the road is a hillside covered with lush trees. It is not surprising that Lake Washington often gets shut down to cars on certain weekend days in the summer starting at Mount Baker Beach so bikes and pedestrians can enjoy the atmosphere.