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Schmitz Preserve Park

 
Address: 5551 SW Admiral Way, 98116 (Map It)
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PARK FEATURES

HOURS

6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

ABOUT THE PARK

Schmitz Preserve Park has old growth forest, walking paths, Hiking and nature study.

Acreage: 53.1

HISTORY

Schmitz Preserve was donated to the city in pieces between 1908 and 1912. The most generous chunk came from a German immigrant/pioneer/banker/realtor named Ferdinand Schmitz, who served on the park commission during those years. It was Schmitz's idea, as he saw how rapidly the great forest was disappearing, to preserve part of it in its natural state.

Even Schmitz's land had not been completely untouched by logging, though. Some huge stumps in the park still show deep notches hacked high above the ground for the "spring-boards" on which axe men would stand to avoid having to chop through the lower root crown, the thickest and hardest part of the tree. After 1908, however, the new park rapidly gained popularity as a quiet complement to the West Seattle park complex. Except for the paved entrance and a parking lot at the northwest corner, the park has remained essentially unchanged ever since.

(Edited from the files of Don Sherwood, 1916-1981, Park Historian.)

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.

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PROJECTS & PLANNING

Plans & Policies
- City Park Marine Reserves Rule

Pro Parks Levy
- Creek daylighting and park improvements


The entrance to Schmitz Preserve Park.


Trails


The dedication ceremony for the Schmitz Preserve Park Creek Daylighting Project, held Wednesday, May 21, 2003.


The dedication ceremony for the Schmitz Preserve Park Creek Daylighting Project, held Wednesday, May 21, 2003.


The dedication ceremony for the Schmitz Preserve Park Creek Daylighting Project, held Wednesday, May 21, 2003.


The dedication ceremony for the Schmitz Preserve Park Creek Daylighting Project, held Wednesday, May 21, 2003.

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