Golden Gardens Park
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTSEnjoy a campfire on the beach!
Please light a fire ONLY in designated fire pits, available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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6 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
ABOUT THE PARK
Located in Ballard on Puget Sound, this popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
The park was named by and developed by Harry W. Treat in 1907 as an "attraction" at the end of the new electric car lines being built by realtors to induce townfolk to take a "Sunday outing" out of town and through the woods to a picnic or swim at a beach. (Along the way they were made aware of the real estate available!) The Carbine ended at Loyal Way (& 85th) with a steep twisting dusty path down into the park - or those owning a "tin lizzie" could drive down a dusty county road (approximately the present drive entering the upper park from the north) and down to a small parking area on the east side of the railroad tracks, then by foot across the tracks to the beach. At that time the northern half of Meadow Point (named by the Coast Guard) was the site of a shipyard until 1913. To the south the beach curved in along the railroad seaway - all the way to Salmon Bay. The State owns the tidelands south of the park, with boat works and yards by the Bay.
LOVE PARKS! You can make a tax deductible donation to this park through the Seattle Parks Foundation.
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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I-5 Northbound or Southbound:
Large parking lot along beach & park with overflow parking lot east of park. Plenty of handicapped spots available.
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PROJECTS & PLANNING
Parks & Green Spaces Levy
Plans & Policies
Vegetation Management Plan