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Madison Park

 
Address: E Madison St & E Howe St, 98112 (Map It)
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(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509

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PARK FEATURES

HOURS

4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE PARK

Madison Park is a lovely grassy park on the shores of Lake Washington, south of the Evergreen Point Bridge. The park features a bathhouse and swimming beach that is patrolled by lifeguards during the summer.

Madison Park residents work hard to make their neighborhood quiet, friendly, and relaxed. Their grassy park slopes down to a 400-foot beach, with cement steps on the north and a short sandy portion on the south near a tall apartment building. The beach includes a bathhouse with restrooms, bike rack, and well-placed benches for parents to keep an eye on the children. There are some quaint shopping and restaurants right across the street. Swings and play equipment, baby swings, climbing features, big tall trees, new and well-kept equipment, two tennis courts, large lawn area, sand swimming beach w/ lifeguard chairs, two benches, and big grassy slope to lounge on. The park offers a beautiful view to the East of the floating bridge and the Cascades beyond.

Acreage: 8.3

HISTORY

Judge John J. McGilvra created this lakeshore park that in the late 19th century became the most popular beach in the city, and featured a paddle wheel steam boat, a promenade, floating bandstands, beer and gambling halls, athletic fields, a greenhouse, and piers for ships that cruised on Lake Washington. A cable car ran from Pioneer Square to the park. The City of Seattle acquired a portion of the park in 1922.

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

DIRECTIONS

BY BUS

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BY CAR

Madison Park is located at the foot of Madison St. at Lake Washington. Travel east on Madison from 6th Ave. downtown, or from any major north-south arterial on Capitol or First hills.


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