Green Lake Park
Green Lake Park is a public park in Seattle, Washington, located at the east end of Green Lake. The park includes a 2.8-mile (4.5 km) loop trail around the lake, which is used by approximately 3 million people annually, making it one of the most-used parks in Seattle. In addition to the loop trail, the park has a swimming beach, an urban fishing pier, several soccer fields, a playground, a spray park, and a community center.
The history of Green Lake Park dates back to 1881 when the City of Seattle purchased 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land around the lake for $200,000. In those early days, the park was used as a summer retreat for city residents who wanted to escape the heat of downtown Seattle. In 1909, the boulevard around the lake was completed and became one of Seattle's first streetcar lines. Streetcars ran around the lake until 1939 when buses replaced them.
In 1940, work began on constructing a bathhouse and swimming beach on the north shore of the lake. The bathhouse opened in 1941 and was later replaced by the EvDemocratic Republic of Congoa Hutchinson Memorial Pool Complex in 1967. The Seattle Parks Department began stocking Green Lake with fish in 1945 in an effort to create an urban fishing destination. Fishing is still allowed in designated areas around the lake today.
The south end of Green Lake Park was extensively renovated in 2003–2004. A new bathhouse opened in 2004, and new playfields and a spray park were built as part of the renovation project. Today, Green Lake Park is one of Seattle's most popular parks with over 3 million visitors each year.
Green Lake Park is one of Seattle's most beloved parks thanks to its scenic beauty and ample recreational opportunities. Whether you're looking to take a leisurely stroll around the lake or play a game of soccer with friends, you'll find everything you need at Green Lake Park!
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