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Warren G. Magnuson Park
You can "hoof it" into the park at both the N.E. 65th Street and the N.E. 74th Street main entrances. Additionally, there are two pedestrian gates along Sand Point Way N.E.-one just south of N.E. NOAA Drive, the second further north of N.E. NOAA Drive leading into the North Shore Recreation Area.
The park's "historic district" features more than 20 brick and metal structures built in the 1930s and 1940s. A suggested walk (approximately one mile) begins at the corner of N.E. 65th Street and 62nd Avenue N.E. Head north to where it crosses N.E. 74th past the former Navy offices, storage buildings, and hangars. Follow the signs to the North Shore Recreation Area that leads through a vehicle underpass onto the shore area. Don't miss the unexpected, spectacular views to the north and east of Lake Washington. The green areas across the lake on its eastern shore are O. Denny Park and Big Finn Hill Park.
The Cross Park Trail connects the Junior League of Seattle Playground to the lake shore, providing walkers who enter at N.E. 74th with direct access to the beach. From the main parking lot near the Junior League of Seattle Playground, the "Cross-Park Trail" offers a one-mile loop. Visitors to the Junior League of Seattle Playground, special events in Building 30, or the Brig (Building 406) also can enjoy direct access to the beach by using the trail.
Whoa, trail blazers! Exploration and experience is what the park's all about, but please keep to the designated walking trails. Plowing through grass and underbrush disturbs the nesting of birds in the spring through mid-July.
The NOAA Art Walk still exists to the north of the park, but due to the events on September 11th 2001 access to NOAA is restricted for security reasons. Access is restricted to only pedestrians and only via the NOAA Access Road. To gain access one is required to present photo identification and obtain a visitor's pass that must be returned upon exiting. The eastern turnstile gate between the park and NOAA is closed. NOAA is closed to all access on Saturdays and Sundays. Other trails cross the park's dog off-leash area and connect with various natural and activity areas-you'll not lack for scenery changes as you stroll.
If you can see a water tower on the ridge across Lake Washington, that is St. Edwards State Park, the former location of the St. Edward seminary. South of this area at about N.E. 120th Street you can find O. Denny Park.
At the southern end of the park, the Promontory Point wildlife habitat area includes trails that explore the hillside south of public boat launch. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Stick to the designated trails to see the work of volunteers and non-profit organization staff who have been rehabilitating and enhancing the site as a prime northwest native plant and bird territory.
For more information about the Promontory Point Habitat Area, Projects - ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
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